FELIX COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT, HELPS 4X400 RELAY INTO FINAL

Enjoying retired life, Allyson Felix was eating hot wings and sipping on a root beer float in Los Angeles when the phone rang.

She jumped on a plane and was on the track Saturday night for the “last” time to help the Americans advance to the final.

Last Friday, she went through an emotional send-off after helping the 4×400 mixed relay team to a bronze medal.

Talitha Diggs ran the opening leg for the U.S. before handing off to Felix.

She powered around the track and gave the baton to Kaylin Whitney, the sprinter who grew up idolizing Felix.

The American contingent in the final figures to be 400-meter hurdle world champion Sydney McLaughlin, fresh off her world-record performance Friday, and Dalilah Muhammad, who won bronze in the race.

Should the group bring home a medal — the team is a big favorite — it would be Felix’s 20th medal at world championships, extending a record she already held.

“It was just about being a team player and putting them in position to run their best (Sunday),” Felix said.

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