U.S. track star Allyson Felix finally put behind her the disappointments of losing the 200-meter races at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics by taking the gold in dominating fashion on August 8 at the London Games.
Felix powered her way past the rest of the field in her best event, crossing the finish line in a superb time of 21.88 seconds for the Olympic title.
Felix told reporters after her win: "It's crazy. I remember just coming over here in tears in Beijing. Gosh, just completely opposite tonight. For all of it to come together is just extremely special and I'm overjoyed."
Now 26 years of age, Felix has experienced a tremendous amount of success since she burst onto the international track scene as a precocious teenage talent, running her way to the 200-meter silver at the 2004 Olympics, and improving upon that by winning her first World Championships gold in the event in 2005.
Through last year's World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Felix has amassed an impressive ten World Championships medals, while demonstrating versatility by earning podium finishes in various individual and relay races.
However, four years ago at the Beijing Olympics, the ever-optimistic Felix had to deal with another major setback in her quest to be the best women's 200-meter runner in history, as she was once again defeated by her archnemesis, Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica.
The Jamaican star took the 200-meter gold in 2008 with a time of 21.74 seconds, while Felix covered the distance in 21.93 seconds-good enough for the silver, but not the spot on the podium Felix had envisioned while preparing for the Beijing Games.
Campbell-Brown had also beaten Felix for the 200-meter title in 2004 in Athens. The memory of both losses provided ample motivation for the American to persevere through the tough training necessary to finally win in London.
Felix had revealed her determination to win earlier this year in March by saying: "So for me, the gold is really what it's all about-anything less would be a big disappointment so that's what I'm focused on and working towards and hopefully everything will come together for that."
Now she has achieved her Olympic dream. But still remaining is another chance at relay gold before her efforts at the London Games are finished.
Patrick Hattman covers the Olympics for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and looks forward to more drama and excitement from the remaining days of competition at the London Games.
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