December 10, 2004 at 11:50 pm #2066
INDIANAPOLIS – Allyson Felix, the Olympic 200m silver medalist and 2004 Olympic Trials champion, on Friday was named 2003 USA Indoor 200m champion by USA Track & Field. Felix’s title comes after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Friday nullified the performances of previous 200m champion Michelle Collins since February 1, 2002, due to doping violations. Collins also forfeits her 2003 world indoor title in the event and has been issued an 8-year suspension.
“It is sad for everyone in the sport when an athlete makes the decision to cheat,” said USATF CEO Craig Masback. “Being able to give clean athletes their rightful national titles is a vital part of our fight against doping. Winning the right way is the only way to win in track & field, and Allyson embodies that value.”
The 2003 USA Indoor Championships at Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center was a coming out party of sorts for the then-17-year-old Felix. In the semifinals of the 200 meters, the teen phenom posted a time of 23.22 to break the existing U.S. high school indoor record in the event. She then improved on that time in the final with her clocking of 23.14 seconds. Shekera Weston now becomes 2003 runner-up with her time of 24.08 seconds.
It was the start of a banner 2003 season for Felix, who that spring broke Marion Jones’ U.S. junior record in the outdoor 200 meters on two occasions, including her time of 22.51 at the Mt. SAC Relays and 22.11 in winning the Banamex Grand Prix in Mexico City. She placed third at the 2003 USA Outdoor Championships in the 200, competed at the 2003 World Outdoor Championships and was the 2003 Pan Am Games bronze medalist.
Felix has continued to develop as a champion sprinter, as an 18-year-old winning the 2004 Olympic Trials (22.28) and taking the silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens in a world junior record time of 22.18.
For a bio of Allyson Felix, visit the Athlete Bios section of http://www.usatf.org
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