Felix's 400m race will not determine her Olympic plans

Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:22am EDT
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By Gene Cherry

BEIJING (Reuters) - Allyson Felix will not decide whether to try a sprint double at next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics based on her performance at the Beijing world championships, she said on Friday.

The Olympic 200m gold medalist will be moving up to the 400m for Beijing with the possibility of doing both at the Rio Games, schedule permitting.

"I would love to have the opportunity to have the choice to be able to do it regardless of what happens here," Felix said at a U.S. news conference.

"As of now I think the schedule is like it is here so it is something we will have to see."

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach offered a bit of hope later on Friday.

"The Olympic program has been defined in principle, but if we have a special case where we can help an athlete, we would still be ready to discuss," Bach told a news conference.

"It would have repercussions on others. (We will) have to see if it would be possible or not. I can't tell you what the outcome of such a discussion would be."

Outgoing IAAF president Lamine Diack also seemed amenable to discussing a change, but said, "if we want to accommodate each and every single athlete, it will be very difficult."   Continued...

Allyson Felix of the U.S. celebrates victory in the 200 metres women event at the IAAF Diamond League Athletissima athletics meeting at the Pontaise Stadium in Lausanne, Switzerland, July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy