Felix may try 200-400m double at worlds, coach says

Thu Jul 2, 2015 11:02pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - Olympic 200 meters gold medalist Allyson Felix surprisingly has not ruled out attempting to win both the 200 and 400 meters at August's world championships in Beijing, her coach told Reuters on Thursday.

While many had thought the schedule would be too difficult to try both as Felix did in 2011 at the Daegu worlds under a more favorable program, coach Bob Kersee said the two sprint races were still on the table.

"Absolutely," the long-time mentor said in a telephone interview.

"It's not that impossible. The difficult day would be (August) 27th because you would have the semis in the 200m and an hour later the 400m final."

The 200m final will be the next evening.

"I know a double would be hard," Kersee said. "But we tried it before in Daegu and I think we know where our mistakes are."

A key to any decision, which is days away, will be how many relays U.S. coaches want the talented 29-year-old sprinter to run in Beijing.

"The USA relay coaches play too many games," Kersee said. "Either you are going to commit Allyson to the 4x100 and 4x400m relays or you are not."   Continued...

USA's Allyson Felix during a press conference
Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers