Oct 13 (Reuters) – Allyson Felix stated surpassing Carl Lewis as probably the most adorned U.S. observe and subject athlete was “never a goal” however that it was “amazing” to have achieved the feat after profitable her eleventh Olympic medal on the Tokyo Games.
The 13-time world champion picked up bronze within the 400m and gold as a part of the U.S. 4x400m relay group in Tokyo to maneuver previous American nice Lewis’ record 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 may recognize 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 simply unbelievable to be in (Lewis’) firm,” said Felix. “I believe it simply exhibits feminine athletes that we now have no restrict.”
Felix picked up her first Olympic medal — a silver — in the 200m at the 2004 Athens Games and went on to win seven golds over the next four Games.
She later became an advocate for working mothers after giving birth to her daughter, Camryn, via an emergency C-section in 2018. In a New York Times opinion piece she said she faced pay cuts from sponsors including Nike after having her child.
Nike later committed to not financially penalize pregnant athletes.