The 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.