Felix to run in 100, 200 in trials for Olympics
In at least one way, less is more for Allyson Felix. Felix is still thinking about winning gold medals in multiple events at the Olympics...
Local connectionsAthletes with Washington connections competing at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials beginning Friday in Eugene, Ore.
100 hurdles: Ginnie Powell-Crawford, Rainier Beach HS.
1,500: Katie (Follett) Mackey, ex-University of Washington; Katie Flood, UW.
5,000: Megan Goethals, UW.
Steeplechase: Collier Lawrence, ex-Washington State.
Triple jump: Blessing Ufodiama, ex-WSU.
Pole vault: Logan Miller, ex-UW.
Javelin: Kara Patterson, born in Seattle, Skyview (Vancouver, Wash.) HS; Brittany Aanstad, Lake Stevens HS, Seattle Pacific.
Discus: Aretha (Hill) Thurmond, ex-UW.
400: Jordan Boase, ex-UW
400 hurdles: Jeshua Anderson, ex-WSU; J Hopkins, WSU.
800: Joe Abbott, WSU.
5,000: Bernard Lagat, ex-WSU.
10,000: Mike Sayenko, ex-UW.
Long jump: Norris Frederick, ex-UW; Stephan Scott-Ellis, WSU.
Triple jump: Stephan Scott-Ellis, WSU.
Pole vault: Brad Walker, ex-UW; Scott Roth, ex-UW.
Javelin: Joe Zimmerman, UW.
Discus: Will Conwell, ex-UW; Ian Waltz, ex-WSU; Jarred Rome, Marysville HS.
Decathlon: Chris Randolph, ex-Seattle Pacific; Bryan Clay, trains occasionally in Seattle, home of his wife's family.
EUGENE, Ore. — In at least one way, less is more for Allyson Felix.
Felix is still thinking about winning gold medals in multiple events at the Olympics. But she'll be adding the 100 meters to her specialty, the 200, instead of the more grueling 400 she had been training for over the past year.
Felix will begin her bid for the 100-200 double at the U.S. Olympic trials Friday.
She was originally signed up for the 400, as well, but was listed as "scratched" in that event Wednesday. Her brother and agent, Wesley Felix, confirmed the decision with The Associated Press.
It marks a change of course for America's most decorated female sprinter, who has won three world championships at 200 meters but has twice finished second at the Olympics to Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown.
Last year, Felix tried the longer double but had disappointing results at the world championships, clearly fatigued while finishing third in the 200 after placing second in the 400.
Her game plan started changing last month in Doha, where she ran a personal best 10.92 in the 100. Suddenly, she was talking about the possibility of a 100-200 double instead.
"It's definitely one of my possibilities," Felix said a few days after that race. "Since my last race, people actually believe me. I'll run the 200 for sure and then I'll see ... whether I'll run the 100 or the 400."
Felix did not immediately respond to emails from AP seeking comment.
The 100-200 double is a less-taxing endeavor, not only because of the shorter distances but because the Olympic schedule also allows for a rest day between the 100 finals and the start of the 200 qualifying.
But it puts Felix in direct competition with a handful of Jamaicans, including Brown and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, to say nothing of America's Carmelita Jeter, the reigning world champion in the 100, who has the world's best time in 2012 (10.81 seconds). Jeter is also signed up in the 200.
Felix's only Olympic gold came in the 1,600 relay in 2008.