After 3rd try, LA County sprinter Allyson Felix claims first Olympic gold

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In London Wednesday, Santa Clarita native Allyson Felix scored an Olympic gold medal in the women’s 200-meter sprint. Her winning time: 21.88 seconds.

A three-time world champion in that race, the 26-year-old landed silvers in both the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games. Wednesday's win represented her first individual gold medal in the three Olympics she's attended. According to NPR, the 200-meter is her favorite event.

"The 200 is my baby. You know, I love that race," she told NPR, explaining the feeling of rounding the curve and pushing into the straightaway. "I love the 'being whipped-off' feeling — that slingshot when you do it right."

Felix outran Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica (time: 22.09) and American teammate Carmelita Jeter (time: 22.14). Fraser-Pryce told the Associated Press that she doesn't mind coming in second.

"I must admit, it was really, really hard to pick yourself up after 100 meters and do three more rounds of 200," she said. "Mentally, as an athlete, it's very difficult for me, especially the fact that it's my first double in a championship."

She added she's not sure she would agree to run the 200 again against such tough competition.

"I don't think you could ever put eight ladies like that again in a race," she says. "I would never run."

Felix placed fifth in the 100-meter. She enrolled at USC nine years ago, but her endorsement deal with athletic wear company Adidas disqualified her for the Trojan track team, so she turned pro out of high school. She completed her degree in elementary education at USC in 2008 without a track scholarship.

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