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Allyson Felix will compete in the 200-400 double at the Rio Olympics

Allyson Felix will compete in the 200-400 double at the Rio Olympics

Kudos to the IAAF for changing the track & field schedule at the Rio Olympics which will allow Track star Allyson Felix to compete in both the 200 & 400m races. The IAAF moved the opening round of the women’s 200 from evening to the day session Aug. 15. That would give Felix a chance to run the 200 heats — usually nothing more than a warmup for her — then have enough time to recover for the 400 final that evening. Even though the 200 heats are a breeze for Felix, it would have been virtually impossible for her to run both races the same night because of the fast turnaround between races.

Felix has one gold and two silvers in the 200 meters at the Olympics, but her other three medals have all come in relays. At the last Olympics, she also ran in the 100, but finished fifth despite running a personal best.

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