Monday, May 20, 2013

Felix to focus on sprint events in 2013

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix of United States is ready to run her first 200-meter race at the 2013 IAAF World Challenge Beijing, saying that her main focus of the year will be 100m and 200m sprints. "This year my main focus will be on sprint events again, the 100m and 200m. I really feel like I am in my prime. I will take advantage of that and see where it can take me," said Felix on Monday at the pre-match news conference. "With the years to come I am definitely open to the 400m. I am not sure out there but right now my focus is the sprint thing," said Felix, who raced in 400m event at 2013 IAAF Diamond League Doha but lost to world 400m champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana to finish second in 50.19 seconds. Felix won 200m, 4X100m relay and 4X400m relay gold medals in 2012 London Olympics Games, the most golds a female track athlete has won in one edition of Olympic Games since 1988. In London she teamed up with Tianna Madison, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter to smash the long held women's 4X100m world record of 41.37, set by East Germany in October 1985. This record was set before Felix was even born. However, beating the world record of women's 200m seems to be mission impossible for Felix. "As far as the world record goes, I think it's a very very fast record. I am just focusing on improving little by little," said the 27-year-old, who also won a 4X400m relay gold at Beijing Olympics. Owing to her outstanding performance in London, Felix won the IAAF Female Athlete of the Year in 2012. She considers the honor as a big motivation for her and has already eyed for another successful season in 2013. "It is a huge accomplishment for me, recognizing my effort of the year. It is motivating. I definitely have a lot more to accomplish. And my goal for this year is to make the world Championship team and try to have a successful season," she said.