Allyson Felix showed what an incredible athlete she is, taking away the sting from any comeback Novlene Williams-Mills could have mustered as she anchored Team USA to GOLD in women’s 4x400m at Rio 2016 Olympics.
USA won GOLD with a Season’s Best (SB) of 3:19.06, and Jamaica finishing 2nd also with an SB of 3:20.34, as Great Britain settled for Bronze in 3:25.88.
The top two was always going to be between USA and Jamaica, and up till the last leg the GOLD could have likely been won by either of the countries, but the experience and dexterity of Felix helped her run a good last leg.
Considering how USA lost this event at last year’s World Championships, they were not going to make the mistake again, which explains why Felix was drafted to take the last leg, with Courtney Okolo starting.
When Shericka Jackson handed the baton to Williams-Mills, she ran all she could and at some point closed in on Felix, but the latter steered clear in the last 70m and powered to her sixth Olympic GOLD.
For Great Britain, they were able to be win their first medal in this event since Barcelona 1992, particularly through the impact of Emily Diamond who from 5th position gave them a chance, with Christine Ohuruogu anchoring them to Bronze.