Allyson Felix ends her Olympic career a fighter both on and off the track

The runner has overtaken Carl Lewis as the most decorated US track Olympian, but her influence transcends athletics


By Andy Bull at the Olympic Stadium | The Guardian | August 7, 2021


Allyson Felix and the victorious US women’s 4x400m relay team. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images


In the minutes after the end of the very last event, an army of construction workers filed into the Olympic Stadium to start getting it ready for the closing ceremony. The athletes were still making their way out through the line of TV, radio and press interviews while the workers were marching past them, hauling palettes of stacked plastic matting to lay over the track and great rolls of fabric to unwrap. The Olympics are winding down, and the athletics is wrapping up. Looking back on what’s happened here in the last nine days, you can see the ways in which the Games have started to change.