No more heartbreak for Allyson Felix. No more silver, either.
Denied twice on the world's biggest stage, Felix won the Olympic gold medal she's been yearning for, taking the 200 metres yesterday to fill the last, and biggest, hole in her otherwise stellar résumé.
Felix won the race in 21.88 seconds, topping Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the 100 four nights earlier, by .21 seconds. American Carmelita Jeter added bronze to go with her silver in the 100 metres.
"I think it was all for a reason," Felix said. "It kept me motivated and it made this moment very special. It was a big weight being lifted."
She won easily, leaving nothing to chance - or a coin flip that caused such a flap at Olympic trials - as she hugged the line around the curve, then burst ahead of Fraser-Pryce with 40 metres to go and gave coach Bobby Kersee another gold medal to celebrate.
Finishing fourth was Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, who defeated Felix in the Athens and Beijing Games and was trying to become the first woman to win the same individual track and field event in three consecutive Olympics.
"I'm happy for her. I know that she wanted it," Campbell-Brown said of Felix.
"She's been trying very hard for this moment," said Jeter, who became the first US woman to medal in both sprints since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988. "When I gave her a hug, that's exactly what I told her: 'You've waited for this moment'."
In 2011, Felix and her coach, Bobby Kersee - Joyner-Kersee's husband - harboured visions of an Olympic double in the 200 and 400 metres. That turned out to be misguided and at the World Championships, Felix settled for silver in the 400 and an uncharacteristic bronze in the 200.
So they decided on a different double - the 100 and 200 - and it wound up causing them an unexpected dose of trouble.
It was the third-place tie in 100-metre qualifying at US trials earlier this summer that hovered over Felix's run-up to these Olympics - forcing her to defend herself off the track for the first time in an otherwise-pristine career.
Her tie with Jeneba Tarmoh for the third and final spot in the 100 forced USA Track and Field officials to scramble for a solution. One possibility was a coin flip; instead, they settled on a run-off. But Tarmoh begged off. Felix, admittedly not a serious medal contender for the 100, had to defend her decision not to give up the spot and she went on to finish fifth.