DAEGU: US sprinter Allyson Felix opens her campaign for a tough world 200-400-metre double when she takes to the track in the one-lap event today. Felix, the three-time defending world 200-metre champion, has taken on what she herself has dubbed the ‘gruelling challenge’ of attempting to snag two golds in what would be a major coup. The 25-year-old told reporters, “It’s going to be pretty gruelling, but I’m excited about it.” But Felix acknowledged that the 400-metre would be the hardest event, notably up against compatriot Sanya Richards-Ross. The Jamaican trio of Rosemarie Whyte, Novlene Williams-Mills and 2009 Berlin worlds silver medallist Shericka Williams will also be in the running for the podium along with Botswana’s Amantle Montsho.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2011.