“My Journey Continues”- Allyson Felix Pens Down an Emotional Message as the Star Sprinter Nears Retirement

Published 06/08/2022, 8:15 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 04: Allyson Felix of Team United States competes in the Women’s 400m Semi-Final on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Retirements are a part of one’s career. However, it is the norm for athletes to retire much earlier than their corporate-working peers. Similarly, Allyson Felix shared a post on her Instagram account to celebrate her journey so far.

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Most athletes retire early on as maintaining their peak form becomes arduous after a point. For most, it is generally between their late-20s to mid-30s. However, Felix broke away from the norm by competing in her final season at 36.

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Allyson Felix shares an emotional post prior to her retirement

The five-time Olympian took to Instagram recently to celebrate her last event on the Stadion Śląski during the 2022 Orlen Janusz Kusocinski Memorial meet.

Taking a trip down the memory lane, Felix wrote“In 2018 I was pregnant when I ran here. In 2019 I ran here as a new mother as I worked myself back into form. Last night, I ran in this stadium for the final time and it gave me all the feels”

“My journey continues,” added the soon-to-retire athlete.

 

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So far, the post has garnered almost 37k likes on the social media platform. Moreover, prominent Olympians such as Lindsey Vonn, Alex Morgan, and Emma Coburn have liked and commented on the post to show their support for the decorated sprinter.

Felix has had a great run during her career as a track and field athlete. Furthermore, she is also performing well during her final season in the sport. She secured the silver in the 400m event, clocking 50.71s. This time marks her season-best in the event.

Felix’s post-retirement goals

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Natalia Kaczmarek of Poland bagged gold with a time of 50.40s while Pole Justyna Święty-Ersetic came third clocking 50.74s in the event.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 400m – Round 1 – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 3, 2021. Allyson Felix of the United States in action REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

With 11 Olympic and 18 World Championship medals, Allyson Felix is the most decorated female Olympian in track and field.

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Post-retirement, the athlete wishes to spend more quality time with her 3-year-old daughter. Moreover, Felix also has plans to take her footwear company, Saysh, to new heights, which she founded along with her brother, Wes Felix.

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Aklanta Chetia

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Aklanta Chetia Wanniang is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in Literature from the University of Delhi. With an interest in learning about multiple sports, Aklanta himself is a former sportsperson and has participated in state and national level swimming events.

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