Allyson Felix finally breaks through to win gold in the 200m sprint

LONDON – Allyson Felix is finally an Olympic gold medalist in an individual event.

The longtime star of American sprinting had been denied twice in the 200 meters, finishing second in 2004 and ’08. But Wednesday night in London she overpowered a stacked field and won by .21 seconds. Her winning time was 21.88. Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price was second with 22.09, and American Carmelita Jeter was third with 22.14.

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It boiled down to another Jamaica-U.S. sprint brawl. The Jamaicans put two women in the final, and the Americans countered with three: Felix, Jeter, and Sanya Richards-Ross (who finished fifth).

In previous sprint showdowns here, Jamaica took first and third in the 100-meter dash while the U.S. was second. In the 400, Americans took gold and bronze.

It was a breakthrough moment for Felix, heralded since 2004 as the next great American sprinter. She has been great for many years, but Olympic gold had eluded her in individual events until Wednesday night. After hitting the finish line first, her celebration was muted but her joy was obvious.

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