Allyson Felix misses her individual spot at the 2022 World Championships


EUGENE, Ore. — Allyson Felix, the most decorated U.S. track and field athlete in the history of the sport, will not qualify for the 2022 World Championships in an individual event after finishing sixth on Saturday in the 400-meter final at the USA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.

However, it is likely that Felix, who ran in lane nine and clocked 51.24 seconds, will be included in the USA relay team, which will be announced in the coming days. The world championships are scheduled to begin July 15 in Eugene. This is the first time the World Championships will be held on American soil.

Allyson Felix in the women’s 400m semi-final on Friday.

Talitha Diggs was first in 50.22, followed by Kendall Ellis (50.35) and Lynna Irby (50.67). Diggs, who just completed his sophomore year at the University of Florida, won the 2022 NCAA 400 titles in both indoor and outdoor seasons.

The 2022 season is the last for Felix, the Los Angeles phenom whose career spanned 19 years (Felix turns 37 in November). She said Friday after the 400 semi-final that she felt “a lot of gratitude” on her last round, and joked that she was trying to have as much fun as possible in the 400, although her race favorite – “my baby”, as she calls it – is 200.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: USA Track Championships: Allyson Felix misses his individual place at the Worlds