Allyson Felix tore her hamstring at Worlds on Friday night while trying to win the 200-meter race. She flew out of the blocks in her usual style, but screamed and began hopping, then fell to the track.
As Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica won the race, Felix, who won the Olympic gold in the event last year, was being tended to by medical personnel.
And as Fraser-Pryce was celebrating victory, the American was instead being carted off the field by her brother, Wes, reports ESPN.
Felix had big plans for the event and this season, but a torn hamstring will certainly put a damper on her season — likely taking her out until next year.
In a statement after the injury was announced, Felix commented, “I’m extremely devastated. I was really hoping to go out there and put together a great race.”
And it was supposed to be an epic showdown between the American and the Jamaican. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. The New York Times notes that the 200-meter is Allyson Felix’s race. Her signature event. In her career, the American has won three world titles at the distance, along with last year’s Olympic gold.
In her statement, Felix added, “It is a serious injury, but I don’t know exactly to what extent. I wish all my teammates the best for the rest of the meet.” Her long-term career status now remains up in the air.
While Fraser-Pryce was happy to celebrate beating the woman she came in second to in London, she also felt bad about Felix’s hamstring tear. She commented, “It’s so unfortunate that this happened. We pray that she will be healthy soon.” She added that she heard when her fellow competitor screamed, but she “was really focused on what I wanted.”
It is unclear at this point how long Allyson Felix’s torn hamstring will keep her from competing.