It's Allyson Felix’s turn to shine!
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It's Allyson Felix’s turn to shine!

London : United Kingdom | Aug 09, 2012 at 1:57 PM PDT
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And this time around, Allyson Felix got what she had long been waiting for. She proudly took home the Gold medal that she had missed before twice. Felix, who had failed twice before she took the Olympic gold medal this time, had kept her eyes on it for a long time. Felix won the 200 meters race in 21.88 seconds ahead of Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who had previously won the 100 four nights ago by 0.21 seconds.

“I think it was all for a reason,” Felix said, according to Yahoo News. “It kept me motivated and it made this moment very special. It was a big weight being lifted.”

She was extremely overwhelmed after the victory that her hard work eventually paid off. The win came easy for Felix as she scooted past Fraser-Pryce with 40 meters to go and made her coach proud.

Finishing fourth was Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, who beat Felix in Athens and Beijing Games and was aiming to become the first woman to win the same individual track and field event in three back-to-back Olympics.

The night belonged to the Americans. Felix’s win was followed by Aries Merritt in the 110 hurdles and Brittney Reese in the long jump.

“We are always aware of what the medal count is,” said Jason Richardson, who finished second to Merritt in the hurdles as part of a seven-medal day at the track for the United States. “I know track and field can ... let the world know the Americans are the best track and field country.”

Reese, who is also a two-time world champion, became the second American woman to win the long jump at the Olympics with an outstanding leap of 23 feet, 4½ inches. The other woman to have scored a gold medal in the same category was in 1988 and it was Jackie Joyner-Kersee who brought home the laurels.

However, it was Felix’s time to shine, taking home the gold.

“She’s been trying very hard for this moment,” said Jeter, who became the first U.S. woman to medal in both sprints since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988. “When I gave her a hug, that’s exactly what I told her: ‘You’ve waited for this moment.’”

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