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Heroes of Running: Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross | Runner's World & Running Times

Heroes of Running: Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross | Runner's World & Running Times

In capturing gold at the London Olympics last year, both Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross overcame a nemesis. For Felix, 27, it was Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown. Felix had finished second to Campbell-Brown in the 200 meters at both the 2004 and 2008 Games. This time Felix allowed the Jamaican just an instant in the lead before accelerating in the final 50 meters to win with daylight. "I kept thinking, Be aggressive, " says Felix. "Don't let up. " For Richards-Ross, 27, her own body had long stood in her way. For five years, she had suffered an autoimmune illness that caused fatigue and joint pain that only recently abated. In London, she was third coming out of the final turn in the 400 meters, and briefly flashed back to the 2008 Games and the crushing disappointment of fading in the homestretch to finish third. Would this be a repeat performance? "Just ...

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