Allison Felix said it was “never a goal” for Carl Lewis to step down as the most decorated American track and field athlete, but that it was “amazing” to achieve this feat after winning his 11th Olympic medal at the Tokyo Games. “It was.
The 13-time world champion won a bronze medal in the 400 meters and a gold medal in Tokyo as part of the US 4×400 meter relay team to surpass the record of 10 medals of the great American Lewis.
Felix, who was awarded the Individual Sports Woman of the Year award at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s annual event late Wednesday, said she was at a point in her career where she could appreciate everything she did.
Being the most decorated American track and field athlete in 35-year-old Tokyo, Carl Lewis is amazing to pass – it’s interesting because it was never a goal I ever met. .
“It was something I was able to reach this point in my career and look back. It’s incredible to be in (Lewis) company,” Felix said. “I think it just shows the female players that we have no limits.”
Felix won his first Olympic medal – silver – in the 200 meters at the 2004 Athens Games and won seven gold medals in the next four games. She later became a lawyer for working mothers in 2018 after giving birth to her daughter, Cameron, through an emergency C-section.
In an opinion piece with the New York Times, she said that after her child, she faced a reduction in the salaries of sponsors, including Nike. Nike later vowed not to penalize pregnant athletes.