Sri Lanka’s Susanthika aims for Olympics

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (L) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe gesture as Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake (unseen) presents a supplementary budget to parliament, marking the first economic policy statement of the new government which came to power earlier in the month in Colombo on January 29, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government announced hefty taxes on top companies in a bid to raise revenue, accusing the previous regime of fudging the figures and leaving the economy in a "sad state". AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

OSAKA, Japan, Sept 1, 2007 (AFP) – America’s Allyson Felix named Beijing Olympics gold as her number one priority after scorching to a morale-boosting win in the world 200 metres final. The defending champion became the first woman to run under 22 seconds in eight years, smashing her personal best with 21.81 seconds as she left Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell trailing.

Felix, 21, said Beijing gold was now her top target after her silver in 2004 and with Florence Griffith-Joyner’s 1988 world record of 21.34 apparently out of reach.

“My next goal is not the world record, but a gold in Bejing. I want to take it step by step,” she said.

“I might consider doing both — the 200 and the 400 metres — there. But even if I run the 400 metres more often, I would never give up the 200 metres.”

Felix had earlier expressed disappointment at being pulled from the 100m. But her astonishing run vindicated the decision of coach Bobby Kersee.

“I have been waiting for so long to run such a time, to run under 22 seconds,” said the delighted American.

“It has not been an easy road, but finally I managed it. Running so fast feels great.”

Campbell, who beat Felix at the last O