urx unit loader Allyson Felix finally gets Olympic gold in the women's 200 meters
allyson felix 200m gold 2012 olympics Allyson Felix finally gets Olympic gold in the women's 200 metersThe third time was the charm for U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix: In her third Olympics, she won her first individual gold medal in the women’s 200 meters on Wednesday (Aug. 8).

Felix captured the gold with a time of 21.88 seconds, beating silver medalist (and 100-meter champion) Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica (22.09) by more than two tenths of a second. Carmelita Jeter of the United States took the bronze in 22.14.

Defending champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica finished out of the medals this time, running a 22.38 to take fourth.

A three-time world champion on the 200, Felix had come up just short in the event in the last two Olympics, taking silver behind Campbell-Brown in both 2004 and 2008. This time she beat a stacked field that in addition to Campbell-Brown included the gold and silver medalists in the 100 (Fraser-Pryce and Jeter) and Sanya Richards-Ross, who won the 400 for the United States earlier in the week. Richards-Ross finished fifth.

The 200-meter gold is Felix’s first individual gold medal at the Olympics; she also won gold as part of the 4×400-meter relay team in 2008. She’ll take part in the 4×100 relay later this week.