Allyson Felix hasn’t lost a 200 metre final since capturing the silver medal at the Olympic Games last year, and her streak, now at nine races, wasn’t under any particular threat today.
Christine Arron led briefly heading into the straight, but down the homestretch, it was all Felix, as the 19-year-old World champion firmly illustrated her control of the half lap with a commanding 22.27 win. While she has run faster on three occasions this year, topped by her 22.13 world-leader, only two others have gone faster in 2005, underscoring the young Californian’s dominance.
“It was hard to find motivation after the World championships,” Felix said. “It was a long season but this year I learned a lot from competing consistently on the European circuit.”
Last year’s winner, Jamaican Olympic champion Veronica Campbell, also overtook Arron in the final 50 metres to finish second in 22.37 to Arron’s 22.43.
Showing the dominance of the event’s big Four, Cydonie Mothersill was a distant fifth, clocking 22.93, with no one else dipping under 23 seconds.