Allyson Felix won the gold medal in the 200 meter race today after twice being denied top honors. The American runner won the 200 meter race in 21.88 seconds. Allyson Felix beat the score of Jamaican opponent Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce by 0.21 seconds. Felix’s Olympic teammate Carmelita Jeter earned the bronze medal in the 200 meter race, which should sit nicely on her mantel with the silver she won in the 100 meter race earlier this week.
The American track team basked in their 15 minutes of fame after winning three straight races. Before Allyson Felix shocked London Olympics spectators with her speed, Aries Merritt won the 110 hurdles. Brittney Reese brought home the gold in the long jump, according to the New York Post. It was a seven-medal day for the American track and field team in London.
“We are always aware of what the medal count is. I know track and field can close that, let the world know the Americans are the best track and field country,” Jason Richardson, who finished second in the hurdles, stated after the Allyson Felix gold medal.
Allyson Felix won the 200 meter race quite easily, staying a full 40 meters ahead of Fraser-Pryce as she sprinted toward the finish line. Allyson Felix finished the 100 meter US Olympic trial in a tie with Jeneba Tarmon. American Track and Field officials considered a coin toss to determine whether Jeneba Tarmon or Allyson Felix would be packing for London.
In the end, the USA Track and Field officials decided to place Felix and Tarmon in a run-off for team placement. Tarmon decided against participating in the tie-breaking Olympic run-off. The runner not considered to be a serious Olympic contender proved she deserved another shot at the Olympic games. Allyson Felix is a six-time national champion at the 200 meter race and won two silver medals during the 2008 Olympics.