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Olympic Athlete to Watch: Allyson Felix

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After failing to qualify for the 200-meter dash, Allyson Felix looks to win her lone individual medal of the 2016 Olympics on Monday night in the 400-meter dash. A six-time Olympic gold medalist heading into Rio known for her quick start out of the gates, Felix takes the lead early in races, forcing her opposition to respond early. This was evident at both the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, where she won gold by .41 seconds, and at last month’s Olympic Trials. While Felix’s claim to fame on international stage has typically been the 200 meter (gold in 2012; silvers in 2008/2004), she began shifting to a 400-meter focus in 2015 and has been steady there since.

THIS DATE IN OLYMPICS HISTORY

Aug. 15, 2004: Led by a 24-point outburst from Carlos Arroyo and double-digit point efforts from Eddie Casiano and Larry Ayuso, Puerto Rico upset the heavily favored United States men’s basketball team 92-73 to open group play in Athens, Greece. It marked just the United States’ third defeat in Olympic play and the first since pros were allowed to compete in 1992. Even with a star-studded roster that included Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, among others, the U.S. dropped two more games in the tournament — a 94-90 defeat against Lithuania in group play and an 89-81 loss to Argentina in the semifinals — before settling for the bronze medal.

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