Los Angeles native Allyson Felix will seek to win her record-tying 10th Olympic track and field medal Friday when she runs in the women’s 400 meters.
Carl Lewis holds the record. Felix’s nine medals match the number won by Merlene Ottey for Jamaica from 1980 through 2000 as the most among women. Felix has won six gold medals — five on relays — and three silver medals, all in individual events.
Felix posted the seventh-fastest semifinal time Wednesday, 49.89 seconds, her best time of the year and the eighth year in the past 13 she has broken 50 seconds.
Jamaican Stephenie Ann McPherson had the fastest semifinal time, running a personal-best 49.34 seconds in the same heat as Felix, the third time this season she broke 50 seconds.
The field also includes Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, who finished .07 of a second ahead of Felix to win the gold medal in the 400 in the 2016 Rio Games.
Miller-Uibo had the fourth-fastest semifinal time, 49.60 seconds. She will run in lane seven, Felix in lane nine and McPherson in lane six.
The race is set to begin at 5:35 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and will be streamed live on Peacock.
The 35-year-old Felix has said this will be her final Olympics. She will have another chance to add to her medal total Saturday when she runs in the women’s 4×400 meter relay, which is set to start at 5:30 a.m.