Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake both won their heats to qualify for the men’s 200m final on Thursday.
Allison Felix took gold in the women's 200m on Wednesday. Photo: EFE
The United States flexed their Olympian athletics muscles on Wednesday as Allyson Felix won 200 metres gold, Aries Merrit claimed the 110m hurdles, Brittney Reese the long jump and Ashton Eaton took a stranglehold on the decathlon at halfway.
Four years ago Jamaica gave the US a sprint pummelling, winning both 100s, both 200s and the men's 4x100 relay and normal service is likely to be resumed on Thursday after Jamaican duo Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake looked a class apart when they cruised into the men's 200m final.
However, on a night when the US picked up three golds among seven of the available 12 track and field medals, not even the most one-eyed islander could begrudge Felix her moment of triumph having finished runner-up to Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown at the previous two Olympics.
Felix, who runs with such liquid grace that she barely seems in contact with the ground, came off the bend level with her nemesis and Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce but maintained her elegant form as the others tightened to win in 21.88 seconds.
Fraser-Pryce took silver in 22.09 with American Carmelita Jeter third in 22.14.
It was a just reward for Felix, the only woman to break 22 seconds this season.
"It's been a long time coming. I am so overjoyed," said Felix, who was runner-up to Campbell-Brown in 2004 and 2008 but is still only 26.
"I thought back to the disappointment in Beijing, it's been a long road. This moment is really priceless."