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Imagine running in Allyson Felix's shoes. English Gardner can do more than that.
Felix helped the Americans to the women's 4x100 relay gold medal Friday with much, much more than just her sprinting. Gardner was missing one of her spikes from her bag and Felix came to the rescue by loaning her a pair.
Sure, they were custom made for Felix's foot and a half-size too big for Gardner. No trouble _ Gardner just wore an extra pair of socks. Those shoes were golden as the team cruised to the title in 41.01 seconds _ the second-fastest time in history.
Gardner tried to return the spikes back to Felix after the race. But Felix, who's going for another gold in the 4x400 Saturday, wouldn't take them.
"You keep those," Felix told Gardner, according to USA Track and field. "You earned a gold medal in them."