Allyson Felix has no limits.
This week, the U.S track runner was in Qatar, breaking records that no one imagined she would. Felix was partaking in the IAAF World Championships, running the second leg of the first-ever mixed-gender 4x400 meter relay. Not only was this a monumental moment in sporting history, to have a gender-inclusive race, but it was also the moment that Felix beat Usain Bolt's record.
Not to mention doing so after grueling labor that ended in C-section just ten months before.
Felix truly is an inspiration.
Continue scrolling to read all about how this sensational athlete, activist, and mother achieved such a feat...
"This one is for all my baby mamas."
Felix became a mom in November 2018.
Fortunately, mom and baby pulled through.
Camryn is now her mom's lucky charm.
So what has Felix been fighting?
African American women are three times more likely to die from complications in childbirth than white women.
via: Getty Images.During her own pregnancy, Felix went to her doctor after experiencing swelling in her feet. After an examination, it was discovered that it was a case of severe preeclampsia. They had to operate and deliver the child immediately. After the horrendous two day ordeal, Felix discovered that, even in 2019, women were facing serious danger through childbirth. And, significantly, most of those women were women of color. Felix spoke up about the crisis as one of six witnesses to speak before the House Ways and Means Committee. In her speech, Felix said: "There were others like me, just like me. Black like me, healthy like me, doing their best — just like me. They faced death like me, too."
Over 50,000 women in America will face a life-threatening condition during childbirth or pregnancy.
Felix initially put the doctors on hold to do a photoshoot for ESPN.
Felix has also been fighting for pregnant athletes' rights in sponsorship deals.The New York Times exposing the mistreatment.
"I wanted to set a new standard. If I, one of Nike's most widely marketed athletes, couldn't secure these protections, who could?"
Nike decided to change its mind.
With her young family behind her...
"It's been a tough road."
today i’ll step on the starting line for the first time in over a year. it might sound cliche, but making it there… https://t.co/3QEh744IeN— Allyson Felix (@Allyson Felix)1564077389.0
Allyson has now been running track for twenty years.
Felix is unstoppable.
Sorry Usain, buddy...
via: Getty ImagesAfter Team USA won gold with a world-record time for the mixed-gender relay, Felix became the recipient of twelve gold medals, a record never held by anybody before... not even Mr. Bolt.
What was that you thought about mothers, Nike?
It's been a long road to the top.
#OnThisDay in 2004, 18-year old @allysonfelix 🇺🇸 won her first of nine Olympic medals, claiming🥈in the 200m in 22.1… https://t.co/evh4bKbuLT— USATF (@USATF)1566749101.0