Oleh: Fathonie Abdullah
Banyak rekor prestasi dicapai. Ada yang dalam satu ajang mendapatkan beberapa Medali Olimpiade; ada juga yang secara beruntun mendapatkan Medali di beberapa ajang Olimpiade; bahkan, ada yang kombinasi memenangkan beberapa Medali (Emas, Perak, dan Perunggu) di beberapa ajang Olimpiade secara berturut-turut. Luar biasa.
Berikut ini, salah satu contohnya: Allyson Felix, Atlet Wanita Dunia Atletik USA yang secara akumulatif telah memenangkan sepuluh (10) Medali Olimpiade (5 Emas, 3 Perak, dan 1 Perunggu).
Meski prestasinya menurun di Olimpiade kali ini, namun Allyson pernah mencapai konsistensi memenangkan Medali Emas Olimpiade sebelumnya (6 Medali Emas & 3 Medali Perak). Dengan total perolehan 10 Medali Olimpiade, Allyson patut terpilih sebagai salah satu ‘100 Tokoh Berpengaruh 2020’ versi Majalah TIME (‘Allyson Felix is included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.).
Di bawah ini kutipan artikel tentang Allyson Felix, yang dikutip dari beberapa symber:
“This one is very different, and it’s very special. And it just took a lot to get here,” Felix said after the race.
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Felix’s time Friday of 49.46 is the second-fastest of her career, according to USA Track and Field.
Her medal Friday means Felix now exceeds the record set by Jamaican athlete Merlene Ottey.
It also brings Felix even with the record set by Carl Lewis for the most Olympic medals won by a U.S. track athlete. Lewis warmly congratulated her in a post on Twitter. “35 never looked so good,” he said. “What an amazing career and inspiration.”
“I think people thought I was a long shot for me to even be on the U.S. team. And then, you know, I wasn’t a pick for the medals. But, you know, just give me a shot,” Felix said with a smile.
after winning a new bronze medal on Friday in the 400 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.
This is Felix’s fifth Olympics and her 10th medal. She first competed in Athens in 2004 and has medaled in every Summer Games since then.
Allyson Felix is one of the most decorated athletes in track and field. When athletes like her speak out about the injustices they face, they are taking a stand for us all. So after Allyson publicly called out her sponsor at the time, Nike, for threatening to pay her less after she gave birth to her daughter in 2018, she had my attention and my support.
Pregnancy discrimination puts women and their families at risk. Any brand profiting from the attributes and accolades of women should ramp up their support during this period—not cut it back. To do less is unjust. Women have proved time and again that they can be more resilient after childbirth, and female athletes are no exception. They come back, oftentimes faster and stronger—in fact, Allyson took home her 13th world championship gold in fall 2019 and had been training to compete at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
After she came forward, Nike updated its maternity policies to safeguard athletes’ pay for 18 months surrounding childbirth. But society needs to protect all of its mothers. We need to ensure they have equitable access to safe and respectful care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum to not only survive but thrive in motherhood. Thank you for using your voice to advance maternity rights, Allyson.
Felix was training during the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim of her fifth Olympic Games – her first as a mom; she completed workouts on streets, empty soccer fields and beaches when quarantine measures were first enacted in March 2020.
In June 2021, at the Olympic trials, 35-year-old Allyson Felix first took a spot in the 400m Olympic relay pool by advancing into the final, and then on 20 June, she qualified for the 400m individual event by finishing second with a time of 50.02 seconds, her fastest time since July 2017 and the masters athletics record (35–40 age group). In the 400m final Felix finished third, earning a bronze medal and her 10th overall Olympic medal, tying Carl Lewis as the most decorated American track athlete. She has said she intends to retire before the 2024 Olympics in Paris.[
Allyson Michelle Felix OLY (born November 18, 1985) is an American track and field sprinter. From 2003 to 2013, Felix specialized in the 200 meter sprint and gradually shifted to the 400 meter sprint later in her career. Her racing repertoire also spans the 100 meters, 4×100 meter relay, and 4×400 meter relay. At 200 meters, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion (2005–2009), and two-time Olympic silver medalist (2004 and 2008). At 400 meters, she is the 2015 world champion, 2011 world silver medalist, 2016 Olympic silver medalist, 2017 world bronze medalist and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist.
Felix has won five additional Olympic gold medals as a member of the United States’ women’s relay teams: three at 4 × 400 meters (2008–2016), and two at 4 x 100 meters (2012 and 2016). The 2012 U.S. Olympic 4 x 100 meters team also set the women’s 4×100 meters world-record that still stands. Felix is the only female track and field athlete to ever win six Olympic gold medals, and is the most decorated female Olympian in track and field history, with a total of ten Olympic medals. Felix is also the most decorated athlete, male or female, in World Athletics Championships history with 18 career medals, and also has the most gold medals at 13.
Felix’s 200 meters best of 21.69 secs from 2012 ranks her seventh on the all-time list. In 2013, she broke the world best for the rarely contested 150 meters distance, running 16.36 secs. In the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2015 World Championships, she ran the fastest split ever recorded by an American woman, and third fastest split ever after Jarmila Kratochvilova and Marita Koch, with 47.72. Felix is also a four time Diamond League winner. She is a participant in the US Anti-Doping Agency’s “Project Believe” program. She is coached by Bobby Kersee.
At the age of 18, Felix finished as the silver medalist in the 200 meters at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, behind Veronica Campbell of Jamaica; in doing so, she set a world junior record over 200 meters with her time of 22.18. After the race, Felix was seen in tears.
Felix became the youngest gold medalist sprinter in the 200 meters at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005 and then successfully defended her title at Osaka two years later. At Osaka, Felix caught Jamaican Veronica Campbell on the bend and surged down the straight to finish in 21.81 seconds, lowering her own season-leading time by a massive 0.37 seconds. After the final she stated that “I feel so good, I am so excited. I have been waiting for so long to run such a time, to run under 22 seconds. it has not been an easy road, but finally I managed,” said Felix. At that time, she addressed her future, saying, “My next goal is not the world record, but a gold in Beijing. I want to take it step by step. I might consider to do both – the 200 and the 400 meters – there.” Felix became only the second female athlete after Marita Koch in 1983 to win three gold medals at a single IAAF World Championships in Athletics.