Allyson Felix stated surpassing Carl Lewis as essentially the most adorned US monitor and area athlete was “never a goal” however that it was “amazing” to have achieved the feat after successful her 11th Olympic medal on the Tokyo Games.
The 13-time world champion picked up bronze within the 400m and gold as a part of the US 4x400m relay crew in Tokyo to move previous American nice Lewis’ report of 10 medals.
Felix, who was honoured late on Wednesday with the person Sportswoman of the Year Award on the Women’s Sports Foundation’s annual occasion, stated she was on the level in her profession the place she might respect all she had achieved.
“It’s amazing to be the most decorated American track and field athlete in Tokyo, to be able to pass Carl Lewis — it’s an interesting thing because it was never a goal that I set out to accomplish,” stated the 35-year-old.
“It was kind of something that I’m able to get to this point in my career and look back to see. It’s just incredible to be in (Lewis’) company,” stated Felix. “I think it just shows female athletes that we have no limit.”
Felix picked up her first Olympic medal — a silver — within the 200m on the 2004 Athens Games and went on to win seven golds over the subsequent 4 Games. She later turned an advocate for working moms after giving beginning to her daughter, Camryn, by way of an emergency C-section in 2018.
In a New York Times opinion piece she stated she confronted pay cuts from sponsors together with Nike after having her youngster. Nike later dedicated to not financially penalize pregnant athletes.