Wednesday, 8 August 2012

US sprinter Allyson Felix wins women's 200m gold

LONDON: America's Allyson Felix made it third time lucky to win the Olympic 200m crown on Wednesday and deny Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce a sprint double.

Felix, a silver medallist at the 2004 and 2008 Games over the distance, powered to victory in 21.88sec to thwart Fraser-Pryce's hopes of adding the 200m title to her newly acquired 100m crown.

"Finally, it has been a long time coming," a delighted Felix said. "I've waited so long for this moment and I am just overjoyed.

"There are so many people I lover here tonight and I am just overjoyed to share it with them," the 26-year-old from Los Angeles added.

Fraser-Pryce took silver in 22.09sec with Carmelita Jeter of the United States winning bronze in 22.14sec.

Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown -- chasing a historic third consecutive Olympic 200m gold after pipping Felix at the two previous games -- was fourth in a time of 22.38sec.

Felix looked smooth throughout, coming off the bend with a significant lead and holding her nerve in the home stretch to win a long-overdue first gold.

Felix is a three-time world champion over 200m but could only manage bronze at last year's world championships in Daegu, South Korea.

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