Tokyo Olympics: Allyson Felix becomes USA’s most decorated track athlete after gold in 4x400m relay


Allyson Felix becomes the USA’s most decorated track and field athlete in Olympics history with her ELEVENTH medal as they claim 4x400m women’s relay gold… but Team GB miss out on the podium after finishing fifth

  • Allyson Felix becomes USA’s most decorated track athlete in Olympics history 
  • Felix, alongside Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Mu Athing, dominated the 4x400m relay to take the gold medal in emphatic fashion
  • Poland continued their impressive relay run in Tokyo with an excellent silver
  • Jamaica, who had won silver three times in a row, had to settle for bronze
  • Great Britain finished in fifth despite putting in a seasonal best time in the race 
  • Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here

Allyson Felix has become the United States’ most decorated track and field athlete in Olympics history after winning gold with her American team-mates in the 4x400m relay – her 11th medal in total.

The gold medal means Felix passes Carl Lewis as the USA’s most decorated athlete after a dominant race inside the Olympic Stadium.

Poland continued their impressive relay run in Tokyo, having won the inaugural 4×400 mixed race, with an excellent silver while Jamaica, who had won silver three times in a row, had to settle for bronze. 

The USA could probably have fielded three teams and swept the podium such is their strength over the distance but their ‘first team’ was dripping with quality. 

Allyson Felix has become the USA’s most decorated track and field athlete in Olympics history

(Left to right) Felix, Athing Mu, Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin celebrate their gold medal win

(Left to right) Felix, Athing Mu, Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin celebrate their gold medal win

Felix takes the baton from McLaughlin as USA dominate the 4x400m relay final

Felix takes the baton from McLaughlin as USA dominate the 4x400m relay final

Alongside Felix they went for Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad, first and second in the 400m hurdles and both inside the old world record, and Mu Athing, winner of the 800 metres. 

As expected, it was an unstoppable combination as their time of 3:16.85 brought them home almost four seconds ahead of the Poles, whose 3:20.53 was a national record.

Felix’s bronze in the 400m on Friday made her the most decorated woman in track and field history and this gold in her fifth Olympics took her tally to 11.

Paavo Nurmi of Finland holds the all-time mark in track with 12 medals from 1920-28. 

That moved her one ahead of Carl Lewis as the top American in total medals and one behind Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi from the 1920s as the all-time track and field leader.

However, while history was made for the US, Great Britain missed out on a medal and finished in fifth despite putting in a seasonal best of three minutes and 22.59 seconds.

Ama Pipi made a strong start for Team GB, finishing the first leg in second but the a drop off saw Jodie Williams, Emily Diamond drop down to fifth but Nicole Yeargin couldn’t close the gap to the Jamaicans in bronze position.

Poland continued their impressive relay run in Tokyo with an excellent silver medal finish

Poland continued their impressive relay run in Tokyo with an excellent silver medal finish

Great Britain missed out on a medal in the women's 4x400m relay after finishing in fifth

Great Britain missed out on a medal in the women’s 4x400m relay after finishing in fifth

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