Allyson Felix further cemented her Olympic greatness at the Tokyo games, finishing third in the 400-meter race on Friday.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo of Bahamas won in 48.36 seconds and Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic was second in 49.20. Felix’s time was 49.46 ― just a few ticks behind her personal best of 49.26.
Felix’s bronze medal ― the 10th Olympic medal she has won in her storied career ― felt more like a coronation. She vaulted past Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey to become the most decorated female track athlete in Summer Games history, and is now tied with U.S. legend Carl Lewis.
Felix, 35, began her Olympic career at age 18 and has steadily accumulated hardware. She won one medal in 2004, two in 2008, three in 2012 and three in 2016.
She has a chance to pass Lewis’ count in the 4x400 relay on Saturday. Paavo Nurmi of Finland holds the all-time track medals record with 12, according to NBC.
This was Felix’s first Olympics since becoming a mom. She gave birth to daughter Camryn via an emergency C-section in 2018 after a pregnancy that put both of them at risk. She later accused Nike of attempting to severely cut her pay in contract negotiations after she became a mother.