Allyson Felix sets return to track competition after Olympic history

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Allyson Felix will continue competing.

Felix, who finished her Olympic career in Tokyo with a record 11 medals, will race a 300m on April 30 at the Penn Relays, the first meet to announce her participation since the Games.

Felix, 36, said last year that she would not pursue a sixth Olympics in 2024, but that she would consider racing in 2022, at least in part because the world outdoor championships are in the U.S. for the first time in Eugene, Oregon.

To qualify for worlds, Felix must compete at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in June.

In Tokyo, Felix took 400m bronze and 4x400m gold, tying and breaking Carl Lewis‘ record for most U.S. Olympic track and field medals.

She broke her tie with Jamaican Merlene Ottey for the most medals for a female track and field athlete and became the first track and field athlete to win an individual medal at five fully attended Olympics.

In the 400m, she ran 49.46 seconds, her second-fastest time ever and .05 faster than she ran in 2016 for silver. She broke Evelyn Ashford‘s record as the oldest U.S. woman to win an Olympic track and field medal, according to Olympedia.org.

Felix competed less than three years after life-threatening childbirth and an emergency C-section.

At her last world championships in 2019, Felix broke her tie with Usain Bolt for the most world titles. She also broke the U.S. record with her ninth world championships appearance.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

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Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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