When track and field makes big news in a non-Olympic year, the news is either very good (i.e. world records) or very bad, and on Friday, Allyson Felix falls into the latter category.
Felix pulled up at the 50-meter mark in the finals of the 200-meter dash at the 2013 World Championships, and the former Olympic gold medalist was diagnosed with a torn right hamstring. She had cruised into the finals, including a 22.30-second performance in the semifinals, but the 3-time World Champion in the 200 meters couldn’t finish the finals as a result of the injury.
In Felix’s absence, the race was won by Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce with a 22.17 second time, but the story was Felix, who had to be carried off the track by her brother. She was quoted post-race as being “extremely devastated” and that the injury was “serious”, but the true recovery time and diagnosis won’t be known for a few days.
It would be a shame to see injury derail this entire track season for Felix, but that could very well be where we are. Stay tuned as more information arrives.