Felix Wins Gold Medal As Part Of USA's 1600m Relay Team|
Aug. 11, 2012
Allyson Felix won her third gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics by running the second leg on USA's winning 1600m relay today (Aug. 11). Her medal along with the silver collected by Nicole Davis today with the USA women's volleyball team pushed USC's medal count to a school-record 25 in one Olympics, bettering the total of 24 achieved at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
USA ran a team of Dee Dee Trotter, Felix, Francine McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross and posted an easy victory with a time of 3:16.87. USA won wire-to-wire and beat the second-place team Russia by more than three seconds. The top five teams in the field posted season-best times, but the USA team was never really challenged. Felix's second leg of 47.8 was the fastest split time for any runner on any team in the finals.
Felix (2003-07) also won gold yesterday as part of the 4x100m relay team and on Aug. 8 in the 200m dash. Her 200m dash victory was her first individual gold medal, after winning the silver in the event at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Felix also placed fifth in the 100m dash earlier in the Olympics with a career-best time of 10.89.
Felix and Rebecca Soni each now have six total Olympic medals in their careers, tying Australian swimmer Murray Rose for the most ever by a Trojan.
Felix becomes the sixth Trojan to win four gold medals in a career, joining swimmers Janet Evans, Lenny Krayzelburg, John Naber, Murray Rose and basketball player Lisa Leslie.