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Track and Field: Allyson Felix Becomes Most Decorated Female Track and Field Athlete

Felix won bronze in the women's 400m, the U.S. 4x100m relay team took silver and Paul Chelimo won bronze in the men’s 5000m

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It was another busy day at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo for the United States, filled with medal-winning performances at the track and field events. 

The United States had three more medals added to its total, while another team advanced to its final, giving the U.S. another shot at a medal.

Here is everything that happened in track and field on Day 14 in Tokyo.

Allyson Felix Becomes Most Decorated Female Track and Field Athlete 

Allyson Felix earned the title of most decorated female Olympian in track and field history Friday morning, winning bronze in the women's 400m final.

Felix crossed the finish line in 49.46 seconds, behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas and Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic, who claimed gold and silver respectively. Miller-Uibo blew by the competition, finishing in 48.36 while Paulino had a time of 49.20. The Bahamian successfully defended her gold from Rio.

The 35-year-old mother passed Jamaica's Merlene Ottey, who won nine Olympic medals (six golds and three silvers) and tied Carl Lewis for most track and field medals by an American.

Quenera Hayes of the United States finished in seventh.

Paul Chelimo Wins Bronze in Men’s 5000m

American runner Paul Chelimo edged out Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli for the bronze medal in the men’s 5000m event. 

Chelimo ended the race with a time of 12:59.05, reaching out and falling across the finish line, to win his second Olympic medal. He was the silver medal winner in 2016. 

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei came away with the gold, running the race in 12:58.15. Canadian Mohammed Ahmed took the silver, finishing the race in 12:58.61.  

Americans Grant Fisher and Woody Kincaid finished ninth and 14th respectively in the event.

U.S. Women’s 4x100m Relay Team Takes Silver

The United States came in second in the 4x100m relay event, finishing behind Jamaica to win the silver medal.

The team of Javianne Oliver, Jeanna Prandini, Teahna Daniels and Gabby Thomas ended with a time of 41.45.

The Jamaican team crossed the finish line first with a time of 41.02, the first time the country has won gold in the event since 2004.

Great Britain won the bronze with a time of 41.88.

U.S. Men’s 4x400m Relay Advances to Final

The United States men’s 4x400m relay team is moving onto the finals, finishing qualifiers with the best time of the field.

The U.S. team of Trevor Stewart, Randolph Ross, Bryce Deadmon and Vernon Norwood ran the race in 2:57.77.

The Botswana relay team finished in second at 2:58.33 and the Trinidad and Tobago team was third, with a time of 2:58.60.

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon Wins Back-to-Back Gold in Women’s 1500m

The three that were expected to podium in the women’s 1500m did just that, as Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, Great Britain’s Laura Muir and Netherland’s Sifan Hassan finished first, second and third respectively 

Kipyegon won her second consecutive gold medal in the event, pulling away from the pack at the final turn to end with a time of 3:53.11 to set a new Olympic record. 

Muir finished at 3:54.50 and Hassan ended at 3:55.86. 

Americans Elle Purrier St. Pierre placed 10th and Cory McGee placed 12th. 

China’s Liu Shiying Upsets Poland’s Maria Andrejczyk for Women’s Javelin Gold

Liu Shiying’s first throw proved to be good enough for gold, as the athlete from China won the gold medal in women’s javelin. 

Shiying’s first throw went 66.34 meters and she only made one more attempt on her way to gold. Maria Andrejczyk of Poland, regarded as the heavy favorite, had a best throw of 64.61 meters to win the silver. Australia’s Kelsey-Lee won the bronze with a best throw of 64.56. 

United States’ Maggie Malone struggled in the final, as she did not make the cut to continue after the first three attempts. She had a best throw of 59.82, which placed her 10th.

Italy Wins First Gold Medal in Men’s 4x100m Relay

The Italian men’s 4x100m relay team narrowly won the gold medal, just getting by Great Britain for its first ever gold in the event. 

Italy ran the race in a time of 37.50, just 0.01 seconds faster than Great Britain. Canada won bronze with a time of 37.70. 

The U.S. men’s 4x100m relay team failed to qualify for the finals. It finished with a time of 38.10, which was two-hundredths of a second short of qualifying for the final event. The performance grabbed the attention of U.S. track legend Carl Lewis, who called the team out on Twitter.

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