Allyson Felix said surpassing Carl Lewis as America’s most decorated athlete was “never a goal,” but that it was “amazing” to have achieved the feat after winning his 11th medal Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The 13-time world champion won bronze in the 400-meter and gold in the US 4 × 400-meter relay team in Tokyo to surpass Lewis’ record of 10 medals.
Felix, who received the Individual Sportswoman of the Year award at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s annual event on Wednesday, said she was at the point in her career where she could appreciate all she had accomplished .
“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 that was never a goal I set for myself,” said said the 35-year-old athlete. .
“It’s kind of something that I’m able to achieve at this point in my career and look back to see.
“It’s just amazing to be in the company of (Lewis),” said Felix. “I think it just shows female athletes that we have no limits.”
Felix captured his first Olympic medal – a silver – in the 200m at the Athens Games in 2004 and won seven gold medals in the following four Games.
She later became an advocate for working mothers after giving birth to her daughter, Camryn, via an emergency cesarean in 2018. In a New York Times opinion piece, she said she had suffered pay cuts from sponsors, including Nike, after having her child.
Nike then pledged not to financially penalize pregnant athletes.
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