Allyson Felix won her 10th Olympic medal after earning a bronze medal in the 400 meters Friday, making it her the most-decorated female track and field athlete in Olympic history, The Associated Press reported.
Felix’s 10th Olympic medal matches Carl Lewis, who also had 10 medals and was the most-decorated track athlete, according to The AP. It also means she surpassed a tie with Jamaican runner Merlene Ottey, who has nine Olympic medals.
BREAKING: Allyson Felix of the U.S. wins bronze in the 400 meters for her 10th Olympic medal, the most for any woman in track history. https://t.co/IxxSWHl38A
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 6, 2021
Shaunae Miller-Uibo won the gold in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.36 seconds.
Three years ago, Felix, 35, started a conversation about how women are treated in track and field and in sports, according to The AP. Nike cut women’s pay if they became pregnant, and Felix had a daughter in 2018, so she cut ties with her sponsor. (‘We’re Going To The Olympics, Baby!’: Allyson Felix And Quanera Hayes Qualify For Tokyo And Show The World Their Babies)
Felix wore a self-designed shoe from a company she started, according to The AP. If she races in the 4×400 relay, which will take place Saturday, Felix could win her 11th medal.
Felix has nine gold medals and three silver medals, starting at the 2004 Athens Games.