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Her chief competition in London will be the same athlete who edged her out for the gold in Athens and Beijing — Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica.

Doubling Down

Running the 100-200 double is a change for Felix, who used to run the 200-400 double — the more traditional path for 200-meter specialists. The 400 provides the endurance training, and the 100 provides the speed work.

She ran the 200-400 double at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea last year but found herself so fatigued after the 400 that her 200 race suffered.

“Daegu helped me see for myself how doing the 400 first then coming back to sprint worked,” Felix said.

Ultimately, she and her coach Bobby Kersee decided the speed work was what she needed most and the switch was made.

“The speed part has always been there,” Felix said, “it’s been my start. I’ve always put myself at a huge deficit from the beginning. What’s most important to me is what’s going to help me run my best 200. Bobby felt running the 100 helps my 200 and for me, that’s what it’s all about.”

The focus on changing her start has made a world of difference. Felix is getting out of the blocks quicker, which allows her take the lead going into the turn instead of running from behind. Her personal best at the Olympic trials (21.69) tops the personal best of Campbell-Brown (21.74), which she ran in the 200 final in Beijing to beat Felix.

“I was hoping she was going to run a 21.8 [at the trials],” Kersee said. “I knew she had a sub-22 in her. I knew she had to run sub-22 to make this team. To see her run 21.69 and be the fourth fastest of all time was just beautiful, especially in these [cold, rainy] conditions. I think she has more in her.”