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01st Oct 2019

Allyson Felix becomes only ever athlete to win 12 gold medals at world championships

Jade Hayden

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“This one is for all my baby mamas.”

Allyson Felix has become the only ever athlete – male or female – to win 12 gold medals at a world championships.

The track and field sprinter broke the world record this week at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

She had previously shared the record with Usain Bolt for the most gold medals at worlds, an achievement she now holds to herself.

Following the event’s first ever mixed gender 4×400 relay, Felix said that she felt “blessed” to be able to run the race and – more importantly – to win it.

“It was really special,” she told NBC Sports. “It’s been a crazy year for me, so just to be here to be running with this great team, I just feel so blessed.”

“I’m just grateful to be healthy, to be working my way back. It feels good.”

Felix gave birth to her first child, a baby girl named Camryn, just 10 months ago.

The 33-year-old had experienced a difficult pregnancy suffering from severe preeclampsia. She also had to deliver her daughter prematurely.

After her win this week, Felix tweeted saying that her performance on the track was “for all my baby mamas.”

She later added that she was “humbled” by the 12 gold medal win.

“I’ve had to fight a lot this year- for my health, for my daughter, for women & mothers, for what I deserve and for my fitness,” she said.

20×20 is an ambitious two-year long initiative to better promote and champion women in sport.

With the tagline of “if she can’t see it, she can’t be it,” the 20×20 movement has three targets to reach by 2020:

  • 20 percent more media coverage of women in sport
  • 20 percent more female participation
  • 20 percent more attendance at women’s competitions and events

And at Maximum Media, we’re proud that Her and SportsJOE is backing the 20×20 movement as official digital media partners.