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Rio Olympics: American track legend Allyson Felix powers USA to 4*400m Gold

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Led by the incredible Allyson Felix, the US won their sixth straight Olympic gold medal in the women's 4x400m relay, streaking to a comfortable victory in the final in Rio. The US team recorded a season's best time of 3 minutes 19.06 seconds to defeat Jamaica by 1.28 seconds on Saturday. Britain claimed bronze in 3:25.88.

Courtney Okolo gave the US an early lead and it was maintained for the rest of the race by Natasha Hastings, Phyllis Francis and Allyson Felix. The Gold was Felix's third medal of these Games following her gold in the 4x100m relay and silver in the 400m.

A delighted Courtney Okolo shared after her run, “I’m very excited. It’s a dream come true. The first Olympics I remember watching was in 2008. Now I’m here doing it. It’s crazy to think how my dreams have become my reality.”

Natasha Hastings added, “It was a really, really good, clean race. Before going out there, I wanted to have fun, I wanted to go out there and have fun, represent America and represent in a positive way.”

The American runner added, “It was a dream 20 years in the making. If I can inspire young girls who have the same dream as me, then I’ve done my job.”

Understandably Phyllis Francis was just as thrilled, sharing, “It was amazing. Words can’t describe how excited I am right now. It is super surreal. We just went out there and executed a race, we just had fun and just go for the gold.”

Allyson Felix meanwhile became the most decorated female track & field Olympian in history, and was obviously honoured by the achievement, sharing, “It’s really special. I can look back at the things I’ve accomplished and be really grateful for what track and field has brought to my life. I’m very passionate about it and it’s brought me a lot of joy.”

She added that her medals go to her family home so that her parents can "show them off".

30 year old Allyson didn't reveal whether this would be her last Olympics, choosing to take things a year at a time. She did however say that she planned to participate in the World Championships in London next year.