This summer Allyson Felix powered down the home stretch to capture the 400 meters of women at the U.S. championships Saturday, putting up the opportunity she may fight in two occasions at the world championships.
Felix previously has a mark in the 200 as the defending world champion. She has so far to choose whether she will try the 200-400 double at the worlds in Daegu, South Korea, late August.
Going double the distance she usually runs, Felix acquired stronger as the contest went along Saturday and held off Francena McCorory at the end, winning in 50.40 seconds to turn into the first woman to succeed national titles in the 100,200 and 400 over a career. The third was Debbie Dunn.
The 200-400 double would not be easy to succeed in South Korea, provided all the rounds and the lack of revival time among them. That is why the choice will be a hard one for Felix and Bobby Kersee, her coach.
Felix said, “That’s my biggest thing, the thing that makes it tough for me to decide. I’m not going to be as fresh going into the 200 (her primary event). That’s the big deciding factor.”
Tony McQuay of the University of Florida succeeded the 400 in 44.68 seconds for men, blowing previous Olympic and world champion Jeremy Wariner over the last 100 meters. Wariner weakened but held off Greg Nixon for second.
He said, “I want to break the world record (Michael Johnson’s 43.18). I’ve got my mind set on that.”