Allyson Felix opens her 2016 campaign with a 60-meter race in New York City.
Olympic champion Allyson Felix will open her 2016 season at the 2016 Millrose Games in New York on Feb. 20, meet organizers announced.
Felix will race the 60-meter dash and returns to the New Balance Armory Track and Field Center for the first time since racing as a high school junior for Los Angeles Baptist at the 2002. National Scholastic Indoor Championships.
Felix won the 200-meter gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. She has two silver medals and three other gold medals from relays in her career. She also has 10 world championship titles in the 200, 400 and relays. She won last year's 400-meter world title with a personal best of 49.26 seconds.
Her field of fellow competitors includes Tori Bowie, the 100-meter bronze medalist at the 2015 track and field world championships, Tianna Bartoletta, the reigning long jump world champion and Jenna Prandini, the NCAA 100-meter dash champion from Oregon and reigning 200-meter U.S. champion. Remona Burchell, the two-time NCAA 60-meter dash champion, is also racing.
The International Olympic Committee and International Association of Athletics Federation announced a schedule change that would allow allow more time between the first round of the 200 meter dash and the 400-meter final, which allows Felix to attempt the double. The original schedule had the 200-meter preliminary round and 400-meter final in the same evening session on Aug. 15, separated by just 75 minutes.
Felix has previously said that she intends to the 200-meter and 400-meter races at the U.S. Olympic Trials in July.
- Christopher Chavez