Overtaking Carl Lewis Was ‘Never a goal’ For Allyson Felix

Published 10/16/2021, 1:57 PM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN August 7: Allyson Felix of the United States with her gold medal after the United States team won the 4x 400m relay final. Allyson Felix is now the most decorated U.S. track athlete in Olympic history. She won her 11th medal just one day after becoming the most-decorated woman in Olympic track history when she won bronze in the 400m during the Track and Field competition at the Olympic Stadium at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games on August 7th, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


13-time World Champion Allyson Felix is the most decorated track and field sprinter in America. Time and again, she has proved that age is not a barrier that will limit her brilliance. Notably, the 35-year-old athlete gave her career’s 2nd best performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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In Japan, Allyson Felix grabbed the bronze medal in the 400m and also won gold as part of the US 4×400 relay team. Remarkably, this was her 11th Olympic medal. With that feat, she now becomes America’s most decorated female sprinter.

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Felix surpassed Carl Lewis to attain this feat; Lewis previously held the record with 10 Olympic medals. While she was praised for the same, Felix recently revealed that defeating Lewis was actually never her goal.

“We have no limit” – Felix on female athletes

On 13th October, Allyson Felix was awarded the Individual Sportswoman of the Year Award at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s annual event. Displaying her humility, Felix thanked everyone for their admiration but revealed that she just gave her best, and it was never her goal to beat Carl Lewis.

DOHA, QATAR – SEPTEMBER 29: Allyson Felix of the United States reacts after setting a new world record in the 4×400 Metres Mixed Relay during day three of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

“It’s amazing to be the most decorated American track and field athlete in Tokyo, to be able to pass Carl Lewis — it’s an interesting thing because it was never a goal that I set out to accomplish,” said Felix.

Felix feels extremely honored to be a part of the same legacy as Carl Lewis. She believes it shows how much potential female athletes have and how further they can go in their quest for glory.

“It’s just incredible to be in (Lewis’) company,” said Felix. “I think it just shows female athletes that we have no limit.”

Both Allyson Felix and Carl Lewis have been incredible athletes. Lewis is one of the 6 Olympic athletes who won gold in the same individual event in four consecutive games. Meanwhile, Felix herself is a 13 time World Champion, athlete, mother, and CEO.

Allyson Felix celebrates International Day of the Girl in a unique way

On the occasion of International Day of the Girl, Allyson Felix chose a unique way to celebrate it. She penned down an emotional letter to her younger self.

 

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Dear Allyson,” she writes, sharing words of wisdom with her younger self.

“There will be people in your life who tell you you’re too this or too that. Don’t listen to other voices, listen to your own. You can be whoever you want to be: Mother, champion, activist, CEO. This is just the beginning. – Allyson.”

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After her beef with Nike, Felix walked out and signed an apparel deal with Athleta.

Felix is currently the CEO of her own brand, Saysh. When big athletes wore brands like Nike and Puma, Felix crossed the finish line wearing her very own brand, proving she is no less than her competitors.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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