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