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World Champion sprinter Allyson Felix to take some time off

Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix has decided she will not compete in another track meet for the rest of the year, choosing instead to take some time off before she starts training again next month.

The 24-year-old Los Angeles native won eight of the nine 200- and 400-meter races she competed in this season and became the first athlete to win two Diamond League trophies in the same year after her victory in the 200-meter race at Brussels in August (see video above).

Still, the three-time World Champion in the 200 meters wasn't completely satisified with her season.

"Although I didn't run as fast as I would have liked to, I foucsed on getting through the year healthy and winning races," Felix said. "Off years are tough, without having a major race to focus on but I had fun trying new things this season and learning more about my events."

Felix plans to hit the weight room in October before continuing her on-track training in November. Until then, she plans on returning home to Southern California.

In addition to keeping up with everything USC football-related, the Santa Clarita resident is planning to host a special benefit 5K race and 1K kids-grandparents walk co-produced by the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Foundation on Oct. 3.

For more Olympics-related news, check out The Times' Olympics blog.

-- Austin Knoblauch

 
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