Allyson Felix 200-Meter Dash: Her Biggest Races Ever

Darin Pike@darinpikeContributor IAugust 7, 2012

Allyson Felix 200-Meter Dash: Her Biggest Races Ever

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    Allyson Felix is ready to run the 200-meter dash at the 2012 Games. She is looking to improve on her fifth-place finish in the final heat of the 100.

    Felix decided to share a picture of her in her qualifying heat via Twitter.

    Heading to the track! Semi-finals of the deuce tonight.

    Allyson Felix (@allysonfelix) August 7, 2012

    Bleacher Report would like to expand on her effort. The following slides provide an overview of Felix's performances in the 200, starting with her first World Championships in 2003.

2003 World Championships

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    Best Time: 23.33 seconds

    Results: Reached quarterfinals

    Felix was fresh off winning the California state high school championship with at time of 22.52. Her first World Championships didn't see her best effort, but it would hardly be her last.

2004 Olympics

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    Best Time: 22.18 seconds

    Results: Silver medal

    Felix looked very strong in qualifying heats and led throughout in her semifinal heat.

    She was looking to make the most of her first Olympic Games. She saved her best race for the final, but came in just behind Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown who ran a 22.05.

2005 World Championships

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    Best Time: 22.16 seconds

    Results: Gold medal

    Felix had another shot at Veronica Campbell-Brown in the World Championships. Felix ran the better race, and Campbell-Brown wound up in fourth place.

    Felix's closest competitor was her teammate, Rachelle Boone-Smith, who ran a 22.31.

2007 World Championships

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    Best Time: 21.81 seconds

    Results: Gold medal

    Felix and Campbell-Brown had an opportunity to break their tie at the World Championships. While the Jamaican sprinter managed a season-best mark, Felix dropped the top time in the world, breaking the 22-second mark.

    This made Felix 2-0 in the finals of the World Championships, bettering Cambell-Brown in both.

2008 Olympic Games

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    Best Time: 22.18 seconds

    Results: Silver medal

    Felix may have the advantage over her Jamaican rival in the World Championships, but Campbell-Brown has the leg up on the larger stage. She won the gold in 2008 and has twice beaten Felix in the 200 at the Olympics.

    Felix posted her best time of the season, but Campbell-Brown had her personal best in this event with a time of 21.74 seconds. Still, Felix managed to edge out Jamaica's Kerron Stewart by .07 seconds to get silver.

2009 World Championships

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    Best Time: 22.02 seconds

    Results: Gold medal

    Ho-hum. Another World Championships, another victory over Campbell-Brown. This time, Felix had a commanding win, as the Jamaican's silver-medal run took 22.35 seconds.

2011 World Championships

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    Best Time: 22.42 seconds

    Results: Bronze medal

    Was the 2011 World Championships a changing of the guard at 200 meters or just an off race for Felix? Campbell-Brown ran a race close to what was expected with a time of 22.22 seconds. 

    But Felix was well off her pace, which allowed her teammate Carmelita Jeter to edge into silver-medal position.

2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

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    Best Time: 21.69 seconds

    Results: Gold medal

    The U.S. Olympic Team Trials don't technically qualify as a major meet. However, Felix's performance here does answer a question raised in 2011: Has the guard changed at 200 meters?

    That would be an emphatic no.

    Felix ran a personal best and meet record of 21.69 seconds. Carmelita Jeter was second, followed by Sanya Richards-Ross, to round out the U.S. representation in London for the 200-meter dash.

2012 Olympic Games

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    Best Time: 21.88 seconds

    Results: Gold medal

    Felix finally broke her string of silver medals in Olympic competition, winning the 200-meter final at the 2012 Olympics.

    She looked dominant in her semifinal heat, cruising to the win and into the finals.

    Jeter came on to win the bronze behind Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

    Campbell-Brown faded and did not medal.