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Medalists of the SCV: Allyson Felix

Canyon resident and world champion Felix takes silver in the 200-meter

Posted: August 21, 2008 8:40 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Allyson Felix won the silver medal in the 200-meters in Beijing on Friday coming in 21.93, but she wasn't satisfied.

According to her mother Marlene Felix, the two-time world champion wanted more.

"She was disappointed," Marlene said from her hotel in China. "She's a competitor, but she's putting it all into perspective now."

Felix, who finished behind Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown who ran the fastest women's 200 in a decade (21.74), is a three-time US 200 meters champion having received the crown in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Felix, who resides in Canyon Country, had high expectations for herself.

"She was competing for the gold," Marlene said.

Campbell-Brown's win completed Jamaica's sweep of the four men's and women's sprint races.

"They're dominating," Felix told the Associated Press. "They're running well all the way around. I wouldn't say I'm surprised because they've always been so strong."

The scene was familiar for Felix as Campbell-Brown had beaten her in their last meeting this time in 2004.
Marlene, an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, felt great joy seeing her daughter compete on the world's stage.

"I'm really thrilled that the Lord allowed her to make the U.S. team," she said. "I am extremely proud and it's a lifetime dream for her and a huge blessing."

But Felix's time in China is not up just yet. She will be one leg of the women's 4x400 relay today.

Felix will be a significant factor in the women's relay. In 2007, Felix surpassed Florence-Griffith Joyner with the fastest 4x400 relay leg ever.

"She's grateful to be healthy and still competing," Marlene said.


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