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One of the most decorated sprinters of all-time showed why she’s the best in the world on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. Allyson Felix, a nine-time world champion and four-time Olympic champion, kicked into another gear in the final stretch to win the women’s 400m.
Felix, 30, has been battling a right ankle injury that prevented her from walking just a couple of months ago. She was out of the top-three with 100m to go but blew by the competition as if they were standing still to win in a world-leading 49.68.
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She was in third entering the final stretch and appeared to be sliding back. Felix, however, had other plans much to the delight of the packed crowd and NBC announcer.
Phyllis Francis and Natasha Hastings also qualified for the U.S. team for Rio in the 400m by finishing second and third, respectively. The trials are being held at Hayward Field in Eugene and continue until July 10. The Canadian equivalent will take place July 7-10 in Edmonton.
At the London Olympics in 2012, Felix won the 4x100m, 4x400m and individual 200m. She also contested the 100m in London but is expected to replace that race with the 400m in Rio, according to ESPN.