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BEIJING (AP) — After Usain Bolt set the record for most gold medals at the world championships, Allyson Felix got started Monday in a bid to join him at nine.

With her usual effortless grace, Felix coasted into the semifinals of the 400 meters, her mind focused on getting her first gold in the one-lap race a decade after she won her first world title in the 200. In between, she has won a slew of 4×100 and 4×400 relay and 200 golds.

Coming into Beijing, Felix was tied at eight with Bolt and American track greats Michael Johnson and Carl Lewis. But Bolt went a notch higher with Sunday’s stirring victory in the 100.

Not that the statistics worry Felix.

“It’s funny, I never even think of the number or anything,” said Felix, who will not compete in the 200 in Beijing. “One step at a time.”


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