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DR win mixed relay, Felix ends with bronze

The Dominican Republic have denied the United States a golden farewell for Allyson Felix, winning a spectacular 4x400m mixed relay at the world championships in 3:09.82.

Netherlands took silver while the United States finished with bronze in Eugene on Friday.

The Americans seized the early lead and the home crowd roared with delight as seven-times Olympic gold medallist Felix took the baton for the second leg.

The hosts opened a massive gap in the final changeover but Dominican anchor Fiordaliza Cofil chased down the leader and American Kennedy Simon could not fend off the Dutch threat down the home stretch.

“We have been training hard for this moment so I knew I could catch her,” Cofil said of Simon.

“Allyson Felix is a legend and I am happy to be in the final with her.”

It was not the result local fans were hoping for but bronze adds to Felix’s haul of 18 world medals in a stellar career.

Felix embraced her teammates at the finish, 18 years since she picked up her first Olympic medal at the 2004 Athens Games, as the crowd gave the most decorated woman in the sport a warm send-off into retirement.

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