April 26, 2009 |
They were overscheduled, underprepared and outclassed. The American sprint trio of Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix and Tyson Gay were favorites in the months leading into the Beijing Olympics, expected to exit the Bird's Nest with lots of gold medals hanging from their necks. Instead, they enter 2009 with a lot to prove because of injuries, training issues and -- oh, yeah -- those lightning-fast Jamaicans. Felix and Wariner left with gold medals, but they were in the 1,600-meter relays -- about the closest thing there is to a gimmie on the Olympic program for Americans.
August 13, 2005 |
Justin Gatlin's phone rang at 8 a.m. on Friday. At the other end was Allyson Felix, who calls him "my sidekick" and sought his reassurance as she prepared for the 200-meter final at the world championships. "She said, 'I'm nervous,' " Gatlin recalled. "I said, 'What are you nervous about? You beat Veronica Campbell head to head in London a few weeks ago, and you've been out there all season.' "She ran a great race, a very gutsy race." Two years after she graduated from L.A.
August 24, 2008 |
Her loss in the Olympic 200-meter final was not surprising if you looked at it dispassionately, not after the ups and downs Allyson Felix had all season. She accepted the silver medal Thursday night with her customary graciousness, saying that being unhappy over a prize so few people have would make her ungrateful. It was tearing Felix up inside. "For two days after we got done crying after the race, she didn't talk to me," said her coach, Bob Kersee. He sent text messages.
April 15, 2005 |
No one had ever invited Allyson Felix to walk the red carpet at an awards show in a designer gown before she won a silver medal in the 200 meters at the Athens Olympics, so she had the good grace to correct herself after saying her life hadn't changed much since the Games. "There are a few more opportunities," said Felix, who was a vision of elegance alongside 100-meter dash gold medalist Justin Gatlin at the Emmys in September. "I was really just going with Justin. I was just tagging along."
June 27, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. -- Bobby Kersee , coach of deadlocked sprinters Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh , said Wednesday he asked USA Track and Field to delay a possible run-off for the final women's 100-meter U.S. Olympic spot until at least Tuesday, two days after the Olympic trials are scheduled to end. Kersee said in a phone interview that both sprinters, who are scheduled to run in the 200 on Saturday, need more rest than they would get if...
June 24, 2012 |
EUGENE, Ore. - USA Track and Field officials were meeting late Saturday to determine how to break a dead heat between Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix for third place in the women's 100 meters at the Olympic track and field trials, with a berth on the London Olympic team at stake. Tarmoh was initially awarded third ahead of Felix, though the two Los Angeles-based training partners were timed in 11.068 seconds. Timers notified referees of a possible dead heat, leading to a review of the photo finish.
July 9, 2002 |
Allyson Felix, a sprinter from North Hills L.A. Baptist High, is expected to run in the World Junior track and field championships in Kingston, Jamaica, on July 16-21, despite straining her right hamstring for the second time in three weeks June 21.
September 1, 2007 |
* Friday's (other) big event: The 400 meters, in which Jeremy Wariner led a U.S. sweep with a scintillating time of 43.45 seconds. It was a personal best for Wariner, the reigning Olympic champion and third-fastest man ever. * Today's big events: The men's and women's sprint relay finals serve as the centerpiece, with battles expected between Jamaica and the United States in both events.
May 17, 2002 |
Junior Allyson Felix of North Hills L.A. Baptist and senior Angel Perkins of Cerritos Gahr will try to add to their impressive sprint credentials Saturday in the Southern Section divisional track and field championships at Cerritos College in Norwalk. Felix, the defending state champion in the girls' 100 meters, is favored to win her third consecutive Division IV titles in the 100 and 200.