At 35 Years Of Age, Allyson Felix Had The Second Best Season Of Her Track Career In 2021

Published 10/09/2021, 1:07 PM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 06: Allyson Felix of Team USA prepares to race in the Women’s 400m on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Felix became the most decorated female track athlete in Olympic history after winning her 10th athletics medal. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


Allyson Felix, one of the greatest ever to grace the track, is proof that age is just a number. The 35-year-old is still going as strong as ever on the track.

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Felix is amongst the most decorated Olympians of all time. The American has claimed a grand total of 11 Olympic medals in 200m, 400m, 4x100m and 4x400m relay. Seven of those medals are gold, with three silver and one bronze. At 35, Felix is still going strong and recorded the second-best season of her track career.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 07: Allyson Felix of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 07, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Allyson at Tokyo Olympics 2021

Felix won two medals at the Summer Games held in Tokyo, one gold in the 4x400m relay and one bronze in the 400m race. Along with the two Olympic medals, Felix also recorded her second-best time in the 400m race in 2021. Felix ran a 49.46 second race, bettered only by her 49.26 time in 2015.

Although she certainly has gained experience, which would’ve been beneficial in her season, competing at the highest level for a track athlete in the latter stage of one’s career is no mean feat.

The incredible career of Allyson Felix

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With her two medals in Tokyo, Felix became the most decorated American Olympic track-and-field athlete of all time. Felix also holds the title of the most decorated athlete, male or female, in the history of the World Athletics Championship. She has won 18 career medals, 7 from individual events and 11 from team relays.

Winning her 12th and 13th world championship gold medals, Felix overtook Usain Bolt for the most golds by any athlete in World Athletics Championship history.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 20: Allyson Felix celebrates with her daughter Camryn after finishing second in the Women’s 400 Meters Final on day three of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 20, 2021, in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Having such a remarkable winning streak at 35, Allyson Felix is indeed an icon to look up to.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus. Representing India at the International Children's Games in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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