In two of the largest sponsorship deals in track & field in 2010, Nike picked
up Tirunesh Dibaba and Allyson Felix. Both global stars, both involved
at global level since early in careers, Nike obviously thinks that there is
much left in their careers.
Allyson Felix shows her stuff in Des Moines by winning, yes, winning her first
100 meter national title, into a -2.5 mps headwind, in 11.27!
Felix, everyone knows, is a 200 meter specialist, who someday will dominate
the 400 meters. Allyson runs the 100 meters for speed work, or so we thought!
No one was more surprised than Allyson, " This is my first title at 100 meters, "
Allyson beamed, " I have always wanted to win the 100 meter title! "
Allyson Felix has the ability to concentrate. The field was tight, and even through sixty meters, when La Shaunte Moore and Tia Madison began to edge ahead. What they did not see was Allyson Felix was not giving up. Pushing very hard from fifty meters on, Allyson stayed in
control as others faltered, and won the title in 11.27, the first title at one hundred meters for
a three time World Champ gold medalist at 200 meters and two time Olympic silver medalist!