Allyson Felix 2012 Olympics: Results, Analysis and More
Allyson Felix has a terrific opportunity to add more medals to the United States' haul thanks to her dominance on the track. She will be making her third Olympic appearance after debuting eight years ago at the age of 18.
The California native has been in the news a lot lately, but it's had more to do with a racing controversy than her actual performance. During the 100-meter qualifying final at the U.S. trials, she was judged to have tied Jeneba Tarmoh.
Both women were given the option to either have a run-off—with the winner earning the final spot—or to allow their fate to be decided by a coin flip.
Tarmoh eventually conceded the spot to Felix prior to the run-off, ending the drama.
That means Felix will take part in four competitions in London. The three-time medalist will take part in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 4x100-meter women's relay and 4x400-meter women's relay. The latter is an event in which the Americans, four years ago, won gold.
Felix's other Olympic medals are both silver, and from the last two 200-meter competitions. She finished second behind Veronica Campbell-Brown in both 2004 and 2008.
Let's take a look at Felix's schedule in London and break down her chances of taking home a medal in each of the events.
Keep checking back throughout the rest of the Games as the slideshow will be updated with her results.
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Round 1 on Aug. 3 at 2:05 p.m. ET
Semifinals on Aug. 4 at 2:35 p.m. ET
Finals on Aug. 4 at 4:55 p.m. ET
Round 1 on Aug. 6 at 2:20 p.m. ET
Semifinals on Aug. 7 at 3:25 p.m. ET
Finals on Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. ET
Round 1 on Aug. 9 at 3:20 p.m. ET
Finals on Aug. 10 at 3:40 p.m. ET
Round 1 on Aug. 10 at 2:10 p.m. ET
Finals on Aug. 11 at 3:25 p.m. ET
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UPDATE: Saturday, August 4 at 6:35 p.m. by Richard Langford
Allyson Felix turned in a personal best time of 10.89, but it was not enough to earn her a medal as she finished fifth.
Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took the gold with a time of 10.75 seconds. She was followed by America's Carmelita Jeter, who turned in a season's best time of 10.78. Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown turned in a 10.81 to win the bronze.
UPDATE: Saturday, August 4 at 2:48 p.m. by Richard Langford
Allyson Felix is on to the finals after a second place finish and a 10.94 in her semifinal heat. She was behind behind Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who finished in 10.85.
Both ladies looked strong, but if this is any indication, Felix is going to have a hard time keeping up in the finals. Fraser-Pryce coasted to this finish, and the two automatic qualifying times of the other semi were lower than Felix.
Carmelita Jeter, USA, won with a 10.83, and Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown registered a 10.89.
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UPDATE: Friday August 3, 6:00 p.m. ET by Alex Hall
Felix started out her London Games on a high note as she qualified for the 100-meter hurdle semifinals with a time of 11.01 seconds. That time was good enough for first place in Heat 5 but was the slowest time by an first place runner through out all the respective heats.
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As mentioned on the introduction slide, Felix received her spot in this event because Jeneba Tarmoh opted out of a potential run-off. Tarmoh gave the spot to the three-time Olympian, who hasn't medaled in it since the 2006 World Athletics Final.
Even though that makes her a long shot by her high standards, she still has an outside chance to make the podium if she runs a perfect race. Fellow American Carmelita Jeter is a strong contender for gold, giving the United States a chance for at least two medals.
The one advantage Felix should have is on the mental side. She was literally a fraction of a second away from not getting this chance at all. Therefore, she can run free from pressure and hope for the best. That scenario often leads to surprising results.
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UPDATE: August 8, 2012 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp:
After consecutive silver medals in 2004 and 2008, Felix finally earned her gold, blazing a time of 21.88 seconds to best Shelly-Ann Fraser Price (22.09) and Carmelita Jeter (22.14).
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UPDATE: August 7, 2012 at 1:40 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp:
Not surprisingly, Allyson Felix has advanced to the finals.
22.32 for Allyson Felix. She had enough time to boil some tea before crossing the line.— Flotrack (@Flotrack) August 7, 2012
Officially, her time is 22.31, but who's counting? Felix easily won Heat 2 and will now join a stacked final that includes her teammates Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross and Jamaican stalwarts Veronica Campbell-Brown and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price.
Felix may have been outclassed in the 100-meter final, but in the 200-meter final, she is fully capable of going gold. Only Richards-Ross had a faster semifinal time (22.30).
UPDATE: 2:44 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner: The 200-meter is Allyson Felix's wheelhouse, and nobody expected her to have any trouble at all qualifying. It was just a matter of how easily she'd dominate the rest of the field.
Felix blew away the rest of the Round 1 hopefuls in her heat with ease, coming in first in Heat 2 at 22.71 seconds to qualify for the semifinals. Behind her was Semoy Hackett of Trinidad at 22.81 seconds, and Grenada's Janelle Redhead came in third at 23.08.
Felix's finish on Monday wasn't quite up there with the time she posted during the Olympic Trials in June, when she ran the 200-meter in a personal-best 21.69 seconds, according to the New York Times. But that doesn't mean her gold-medal bid is in jeopardy—she's likely just saving some gas in the tank for the semifinals (and, eventually, the finals) and is trying to keep her opposition on its toes.
Speaking of opposition, Felix stacked up nicely against her prime competition in Round 1. Carmelita Jeter topped Heat 3 at 22.65 seconds, Sanya Richards-Ross came in first in Heat 4 at 22.48 seconds and Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown—the reigning champion—surprised a few when she finished third in her heat with a time of 22.75 seconds. You can see the Round 1 results here.
This is going to shape up to be quite the showdown in the finals.
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After back-to-back silver medals in this event, it's time for Felix to take the next step and win gold. She posted a career-best time of 21.69 seconds during the trials, which should mean she's hitting her peak at the right moment.
There will be no shortage of competition, however. The aforementioned Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross are the other Americans in the race, and will both contend, as will two-time defending champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica.
That said, Felix should be viewed as the favorite. The combination of her previous Olympic experiences in the event and elite form should be enough to get her across the finish line first, claiming another gold medal for Team USA.
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UPDATE: August 10, 2012 at 3:50 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag, Jr.
The U.S. women have set the world record time with their performance during their gold medal run today in London! Their official and new Olympic and world record time was 40.82!
UPDATE: August 10, 2012 at 3:48 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag, Jr.
The United States repeat their performance at the World Championships and secured yet another gold medal for the medal leading Americans.
Allyson Felix and Carmelita Jeter led the way as the US women became Olympic champions as they took home the gold medal in the women’s 4 x 100-meter relay Friday afternoon. They took the gold with a huge second leg by Allyson Felix who propelled the women into first place.
Carmelita Jeter was handed the baton with a considerable lead and did not disappoint. She blew past the Jamaicans as they attempted a surge during the final push but could not catch the American sprinter as she ran towards Olympic gold.
The race started out with a bang and ended in similar fashion for the U.S. women. This win caps off an impressive performance thus far for Felix who has now won two gold medals for her country at these London Games.
UPDATE: August 9, 2012 at 3:35 p.m. ET by Justin Welton
The United States won gold in this event at last year's World Championships and are favored to do the same thing in London. Although the team won't be finalized until just prior to the race, Felix and Jeter should both play a key role.
Barring a massive upset, it will likely be a two-team race between the United States and Jamaica. The other countries just don't have enough depth to keep up with the pair of track superpowers, likely putting them in a battle for bronze.
Felix has been running the second leg in recent relays. Given the team's success, she will likely wind up there again. That means her job will be building a lead big enough to give the Americans a chance to win even without top-notch final legs.
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Different relay, same story. The Americans and Jamaicans are expected to be strong contenders in this race. The Russian team is also capable of pulling off the victory, though. Therefore, it comes down to which team gets the coveted gold.
When you add it all up, Felix has a realistic chance to win four medals in London. If she can pull it off, it would put her right up there with Games' best athletes, which have included swimming stars like Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps so far.
She didn't receive as much hype as those American swimming rivals coming into the Olympics, but a strong performance in London should garner her the attention she deserves. It's certainly setting up to become a very successful week for Felix.