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Allyson Felix sets return to track competition after Olympic history

Allyson Felix

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Allyson Felix of Team USA prepares to race in the Women’s 400m on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Felix became the most decorated female track athlete in Olympic history after winning her 10th athletics medal. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Allyson Felix will continue competing.

Felix, who finished her Olympic career in Tokyo with a record 11 medals, will race a 300m on April 30 at the Penn Relays, the first meet to announce her participation since the Games.

Felix, 36, said last year that she would not pursue a sixth Olympics in 2024, but that she would consider racing in 2022, at least in part because the world outdoor championships are in the U.S. for the first time in Eugene, Oregon.

To qualify for worlds, Felix must compete at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in June.

In Tokyo, Felix took 400m bronze and 4x400m gold, tying and breaking Carl Lewis’ record for most U.S. Olympic track and field medals.

She broke her tie with Jamaican Merlene Ottey for the most medals for a female track and field athlete and became the first track and field athlete to win an individual medal at five fully attended Olympics.

In the 400m, she ran 49.46 seconds, her second-fastest time ever and .05 faster than she ran in 2016 for silver. She broke Evelyn Ashford‘s record as the oldest U.S. woman to win an Olympic track and field medal, according to

Felix competed less than three years after life-threatening childbirth and an emergency C-section.

At her last world championships in 2019, Felix broke her tie with Usain Bolt for the most world titles. She also broke the U.S. record with her ninth world championships appearance.

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