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Allyson Felix to miss Prefontaine Classic with ankle injury

Felix has yet to open her season due to an ankle injury.
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Allyson Felix, an Olympic gold medalist in the 200 meters, will miss this weekend's Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore. with an ankle injury, her coach Bobby Kersee told Gene Cherry of Reuters.

“Things are going well and they have no concern about her being prepared by the (July 1–10) Olympic trials,” Kersee said. “They just think (she should focus on) her training and physical therapy and maybe take a week to 10 days before she races.”

Felix was set to run in the 400 meters against Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross, who is in her final competitive season. Felix won gold at the 400 meters at last summer's IAAF World Championships in Beijing with a personal best of 49.26. She has won 14 Olympic and outdoor world championship gold medals in her career.

The Prefontaine Classic is the second Diamond League meet that Felix will miss after suffering the ankle injury in late April and withdrawing from a meet in Doha.

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Kersee did not share any race plans for before the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, which are set to begin on July 1 in Eugene.

Kersee and Felix still plan on running the 200 and 400 at the trials, in hopes of pursuing the double at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. No athlete has won gold medals in both events since Michael Johnson won the 200 and 400 at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

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