Felix thinks about women’s rights, the future as she runs in the United States


Athletics – Ostrava Golden Spike Meeting – Ostrava, Czech Republic – May 31, 2022 Allyson Felix of the U.S. in action during the women’s 200m REUTERS/David W Cerny

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EUGENE, Ore., June 25 (Reuters) – There was some sadness as legendary sprinter Allyson Felix walked off the track on Saturday after her final U.S. championships.

“But I think more than anything this season has shown me that I have no doubts about going,” said America’s most decorated track and field athlete who is nearing the end of 19. amazing seasons.

“I have nothing more to do,” said Félix, 36. “For the first time inside me, I didn’t feel like I had that fight inside of me, and that’s who I am. And when I felt like I knew there was only to be grateful and to watch all these amazing athletes.”

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The final race of the U.S. Championship came in the women’s 400-meter final with Felix taking sixth place in 51.34 seconds.

“I think I could be in a good position for a maybe mixed relay,” the Californian said of the upcoming world championships at the same Oregon track in July.

Team USA will likely be named in early July, with Felix in line for his 10th world championship team to go with five Olympics.

Still, the weekend was marked by bittersweet moments for the winner of 11 Olympic medals and 18 world championship honours.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, who had guaranteed American women the constitutional right to abortion, Friday morning before Felix entered the women’s 400m semifinal.

“I think anytime women’s rights are taken away, it’s a sad day,” Felix said on Saturday.

A strong advocate for women’s rights since the birth of her daughter in 2018, Felix said, “I will always fight for women and I will always stand by this decision. It was very unfortunate.”

A final street race in Los Angeles in early August will close his racing career.

Next, Felix, who has started his own clothing and shoe business, will focus on raising his daughter and spending more time supporting the causes she is passionate about.

“Going into this means so much to me,” Felix said.

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Reporting by Gene Cherry in Eugene, Oregon; Editing by Sandra Maler

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