EUGENE, Oregon. — Turns out Allyson Felix didn’t run her last race. The most decorated sprinter in U.S. history will return to the world championships to compete in the women’s 4×400 relay preliminaries on Saturday.
She said team officials brought her out of her brief retirement after helping the mixed relay team win a bronze medal last Friday in what she said was her last major race.
“The coaches asked me if I was available and there was no way I was turning down the team,” the 36-year-old said in an email to The Associated Press.
The 4×400 relay preliminaries are on Saturday and the final will take place on Sunday to close out the world championships.
A week ago, Felix raced the return leg of the 4×400 mixed relay team in what she said would be her last event. Since then, she’s had a few speaking engagements and attended The ESPYS in Los Angeles. She’s back for another appearance at Hayward Field.
“When I got the call, I locked down and refocused,” Felix said.
Third place in the mixed relay gave Felix her 19th world championship medal, extending a record she already held. Add to that his 11 Olympic medals and that brings the total to 30.
At the Tokyo Olympics last year, she was on the gold-medal winning women’s 1600m relay as part of a “dream team” with Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu. The foursome extended the American’s winning streak in this event to seven at the Olympics.
Felix leaves quite a significant footprint on the track. Along with her bounty of medals, she also watched Nike on pregnancy issues during her journey to becoming a women’s rights advocate. She also started her own shoe company called Saysh.
Now there is a chance for one more victory lap. She soaks up the moment in the presence of her 3-year-old daughter, Camryn.
“My fondest memories of this week are seeing my daughter cheering me on, seeing young women supporting me and thanking me for standing up for them, and walking around the stadium and seeing women carrying Saysh,” Felix said. .