The most decorated female track and field athlete in history got this win with a little help from her friends.
Allyson Felix ran the second leg of Team USA’s gold-medal winning 4×400-meter relay team, and earned her 11th career Olympic medal with a little help from her friends.
The win, wherein the USA Women’s Track and Field team ran in 3 minute, 16.85 seconds, marked the fourth-fastest time ever, and enabled Felix to pass Carl Lewis as the most decorated American Olympic athlete of all time.
Yes, of all time!
Felix was joined on the immensely powerful U.S. quartet by fellow gold medalists Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, and 19-year-old Athing Mu, who, at anchor, won the 800m gold and in June had the fastest 400m leg in NCAA history, 48.85 seconds.
It was the seventh straight Olympics the U.S. women have won with the 4x400m, and Felix was a member of each of the last four wins.
Poland finished second, 3.68 seconds behind, and Jamaica placed third.
Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi still holds the overall record with 12 total Olympic medals across the 1920, 1924 and 1928 Games.
Felix, who is an advocate for maternal health rights and speaks out against gender inequality in sports, also recently teamed up with apparel company Athleta and the Women’s Sports Foundation to launch The Power of She Fund: Child Care Grants, which help cover child care costs for professional mom-athletes traveling to competitions.