Allyson Felix Opens Up About Losing 400-Meter Dash in Dramatic Finish Line Dive: 'It Wasn't My Best Race … I Tried to Give All I Had'
Allyson Felix is now the most decorated woman track and field Olympian in American history
It looked like Felix would capture the gold in Monday’s 400-meter dash at the Rio Olympic Games, but a dramatic end to the race saw the Bahamas’ Miller lunge face-first across the finish line, winning the coveted medal and leaving Felix with the silver.
“It wasn’t my best race,” Felix, now the most decorated woman in American track and field history, said during a Tuesday appearance on the Today show. “I felt like it got a little bit away from me.”
The 30-year-old sprinter, who returned to the Olympics after tearing her hamstring in 2013, said she tried her best and pushed her hardest at the end of the race.
“Coming home, that’s when I tried to give all I had,” she said.
The race ended with the closest finish to the women’s 400-meter dash in Olympic history – Miller ran a 49.44 while Felix finished in 49.51, just a 0.07-second difference.
Even though she watched Miller dive right next to her, Felix said she wasn’t sure who had actually won.
“I was just kind of staring up at the board trying to see how it was going to sort out,” Felix told Today.
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Still, even with a loss, Felix made history.
“It is something that I’m definitely very, very proud of,” she said. “To be in the same sentence as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a mentor, an idol, that’s going to take some time to sink in.”
Despite not nabbing her fifth Olympic gold medal, Felix said she left the race proud of her effort. And offered some advice to her young fans.
“You’re going to have obstacles. There’s going to be adversity. But, let your spirit shine through. Keep fighting, no mater how hard the cards are stacked against you. Don’t let that get you down.”