Both were amazing.
Allyson Felix, who no one would’ve blamed for hanging up her sneaks after barely missing gold at two consecutive Olympic games, seemingly floated to victory in the women’s 200-meter contest.
Of course, her 21.88-second effort was a lung-buster that probably would’ve killed the average human. But you’d never know it from the way she surged ahead of the field in the last half of the race, wearing a face so relaxed she looked like she was pushing a grocery cart around Stop & Shop on a lazy Sunday afternoon. With Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce securing the silver and Felix’s teammate Carmelita Jeter nabbing the bronze, it was a good day for American women’s track and field.
It was also a good day for Saudi Arabian women’s Olympic track and field… mainly because it was the first day of Saudi Arabian women’s Olympic track and field. Ever. (The kingdom’s first female athlete — a judo fighter who was the only other woman on the team — debuted a few days earlier.) Saudi runner Sarah Attar, covered head to toe except for her face, was the last competitor to cross the women’s 800-meter finish line. The crowds didn’t care, though, cheering the trailblazer for the history she’d made and the path she’d helped open for young Saudi girls.
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