Felix claims 200m title
After silvers at the last two Games, Felix grabs the gold
Last Updated: 08/08/12 11:09pm
Felix: Celebrates her gold medal
Allyson Felix finally got her hands on an Olympic 200 metres gold medal with a superb victory in the London 2012 final.
Felix, runner-up in Athens and Beijing to Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, overcame a sluggish start to lead coming off the bend and was never going to be caught.
The 26-year-old American clocked a time of 21.88s to finish 0.21s ahead of 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
America's Carmelita Jeter, silver medallist over 100m, took bronze with Campbell-Brown fourth and failing in her bid to become the first woman to win a track event for three Olympics in succession.
"It's just awesome, I've wanted it for so long," Felix said. "This moment is really priceless. I am so overjoyed."
There was more success for the USA's women as Brittney Reese took victory in the long jump.
Reese managed just two legal jumps from six attempts, but the first of those permitted efforts was 7.12m in the second round and proved enough to win after Russia's Elena Sokolova was unable to improve on her best of 7.07m, also achieved in the second round.
Janay DeLoach continued a great night for the American team by claiming bronze by just one centimetre from Latvia's Ineta Radevica, who jumped 6.88m twice but saw DeLoach manage 6.89m in round five.
Britain's Shara Proctor could only finish ninth, missing out on the extra three attempts afforded to the top eight, after a best of 6.55m in the first round.
The first gold medal of the evening went to Russia's Natalya Antyukh in the 400m hurdles, the 31-year-old just holding off America's Lashinda Demus at the finish.
Antyukh recorded a personal best of 52.70s to finish just 0.06 outside the Olympic record held by 2008 champion Melaine Walker, with Demus setting a season's best of 52.77.
Czech Zuzana Hejnova claimed the bronze medal just ahead of Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer.