Allyson Felix, one of the most decorated athletes of all time and a seven time Olympics gold medallist and thirteen times world champion, who already confirmed last year that Tokyo was her final Olympic Games appearance, has confirmed to run her final track season before she bids adieu to the sport.
This season I’m running for women: Allyson Felix to say goodbye to the track at the end of the season
Having competed in five Olympic Games, Felix clinched her first Olympics gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games in the 4×400 m relay event, followed by three golds at the London Games in 2012- two in the 4×400 m relay and one in the 200m event. The 2016 Rio Games saw Felix bagging two more gold in the 4×400 m category and her seventh relay gold in Tokyo last year, in which she also won a 200m bronze.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Felix announced that this season will be her final appearance on the track and this time, the Santa Clarita native will be running for the women as well as securing a better future for her daughters.
“As a little girl they called chicken legs, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I’d have a career like this. I have so much gratitude for this sport that has changed my life. I have given everything I have to running and for the first time I’m not sure if I have anything left to give,” Felix wrote on Instagram.
“I want to say goodbye and thank you to the sport and people who have helped shape me the only way I know how—with one last run. This season isn’t about the time on the clock, it’s simply about joy. If you see me on the track this year I hope to share a moment, a memory and my appreciation with you.”
“This season I’m running for women. I’m running for a better future for my daughter. I’m running for you. More to come on that, so stay tuned, but I’ll be sharing a series of announcements that I’m hoping will make the world better for women. Here’s to my final season,” the 36-year-old sprinter added.
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