Wes Felix Wins Bronze In 200m, Gold In Record-Setting 400m Relay At World Junior Championships

July 22, 2002

Kingston, Jamaica - Rising sophomore Wes Felix ran a personal-best 20.82 on Friday to finish third in the 200m at the 2002 World Junior Championships held in Kingston.

Felix, who was a 2002 All-American in the 400-meter relay, finished behind Usain Bold of Jamaica (20.61) and Brendan Christian of Antilles (20.74).

His time was just outside the all-time USC top 10 list for the 200m.

On Sunday, Felix added a gold medal to his collection by running the second leg of the U.S. team's winning 400-meter relay squad that ran a world-junior-record time of 38.92.

The four teenagers--Ashton Collins, Felix, Ivory Williams and Willie Hordge--became the first junior relay squad ever to run below 39 seconds. The previous world best was 39.00 by Neal Jessie, Allen Franklin, Stanley Blalock and Dennis Mitchell in 1983.

Felix, who turned 19 on Saturday, certainly couldn't have hoped for a better present.

'These championships have been fantastic for me, two medals and a world record. This is my best ever birthday.'