EUGENE, Oregon, June 25 (Reuters) – Veteran sprinter Allyson Felix squeezed into a final at her final U.S. championships on Friday, taking a late qualifying spot for the women’s 400 metres.
America’s most decorated track and field athlete will set off on Saturday’s final seventh fastest in the field of eight after clocking 51.32 seconds in the semi-finals.
But she is hoping the run will not end her illustrious career.
A spot on a U.S. relay team in July’s world championships in Eugene likely awaits the 36-year-old regardless of her finish in the 400 metres.
American athletics rules permit coaches and officials the discretion of adding two runners in each relay pool in addition to the top four finishers in the men’s and women’s 100 and 400 metres finals.
Felix, winner of 11 Olympic medals and 18 world championships honours, appears a likely candidate for one of them.
And if she is chosen, the Californian knows which relay she would pick.
“I like the mixed relay,” she told Reuters last week, mentioning the event in which she won a gold medal in the Doha world championships in 2019.