Picture this: Thousands of fans are cheering at the Track and Field World Championships in Moscow on August 16th. They expect a great show between two of the World’s best [perhaps the best] female 200 meter runners: Allyson Felix and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Although Fraser-Pryce is known for her early speed and ability to lead the field, Felix is known for her end of the race kick to wipe the field.
Allyson Felix, a two time 200m silver medalist in the Athens and Beijing Olympics, and 200m gold medalist in the London Olympics, was the favorite for the race, not to mention my all-time favorite runner and idol. I had always heard of Felix, but she did not become my favorite until her stunning performances in the 200m, 4x100m, and the 4x400m races in London [all of which she received a gold medal in].
The gun sounded for the start of the 200m World Championship Race. Jamaica’s Fraser-Pryce erupted out of her blocks and jumped in to first place early in the race. Just as Felix was inching up on Fraser-Pryce; about to pass her, Felix dropped to the ground and out of the screen. Fraser-Pryce kept her pace, and ended up winning the race in 22.17 seconds [not too shabby]. The USC graduate, Felix, was carried off of the track with a torn hamstring, by her brother, also a former USC sprinter, Wes Felix.
Felix, who was devastated by the injury, seems to have accepted it and is now focussed on making a full recovery. Just ten days after tearing her hamstring, Felix jovially tweeted: “Had a good day in rehab! Making progress. (Excuse my white feet😜).”
My prayers are with Felix as she recovers from her injury, continues rehabilitation, and eventually continues to train for the 2016 Rio Olympics.