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This full-blooded Dominican, who took up track in 1995, at an age rather late for most junior runners, always wanted to compete for the Dominican Republic (DR).
Super Felix, the Invincible, and the Dictator are just a few of the accolades of respect gained by the DR’s first track superstar, Felix Sanchez. Known for his incredible dominant three-year winning streak in the 400m hurdles, Sanchez’s personal best of 47.25secs is the seventh fastest time of all-time. He won an unbelievable 43 straight races between 2001 and 2004, culminating in solid victories at both the 2003 Worlds and the 2004 Olympic Games. He was Track and Field News’ Athlete of the Year in 2003. A series of injuries followed soon after his second Olympic gold; however, he managed silver at the Osaka 2007 Worlds. The indomitable Sanchez regained top form to take his third Olympic gold in London in 47.63.
Born in New York City to Dominican parents, Sanchez was raised by his grandmother in San Diego, California, where he went to University City High School and San Diego Mesa College. He then went on to study psychology at the University of Southern California (USC) and competed for the Trojans there. He was a Pac-10 champion (400m hurdles) and All-American relay champion (1600m) in 1999.