Allyson Felix of the United States won a bronze medal in the 400-meter race on Friday in Tokyo, becoming the most decorated woman in Olympic track history. She is also tied with Carl Lewis for the most medals (10) in US track and field history.
Felix, 35, finished the 400-meter race in 49.46 seconds, trailing Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas and Marrilediy Paulino of the Dominican Republic. Miller-Uibo took first place with a time of 48.36 seconds.
The American track legend entered the 2020 Summer Games tied with Merlene Ottey of Jamaica, who won her ninth medal in 2000.
Felix could get a chance to break Lewis’ record if she is chosen for the 4×400-meter relay team. That event is scheduled for Saturday in Tokyo.
“Congratulations, Allyson Felix,” Lewis tweeted Friday. “Thirty-five never looked so good. What an amazing career and inspiration. Now on to the relay.”
The 10-time medalist won silver in the 200-meter run for her first career Olympic medal at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. She won silver and gold at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Felix won three golds at the 2012 Summer Games in London.
She added two golds and a silver at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Earlier Friday, Team USA’s Paul Chelimo claimed bronze in the men’s 5,000-meter final. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei won that event. Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed claimed silver.
Italy’s Filippo Tortu (L) beats out Great Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake at the finish line of the men’s 4×100-meter relay final on August 6. Italy took gold with a time of 37.50 seconds, Great Britain took silver with a time of 37.51 and Canada took bronze with a time of 37.70. Photo by Tasos Katopodis