Aged just 27, Felix is now considered one of the elder stateswomen
of a strong US team, and has rightly re-focused on her preferred 200m after over-stretching herself in Daegu and losing the title to Campbell-Brown.
But, as Hantuchova proved, tennis's elder stateswomen
won't be elbowed aside just yet and although Serena Williams bestrides the sport like a colossus, she isn't the only ambitious thirtysomething.
After having come back to power in Hungary in May 2010 and thus attended the Council summits that took place since then, Orban recalled being "received by faces marked by worry, foreheads wrinkled with concern, speeches about the insecure future, statesmen and stateswomen
urging help and retreating into crisis talks".
She said that despite that Benazir Bhutto not only understood the political realities of Pakistan, had a connect with the common worker of the party and empathized with the rural women but was also a great stateswomen
Other speakers on the inaugural day of the conference, which brought together a host of visionary statesmen and stateswomen
, entrepreneurs and prominent activists, were Sean Cleary, Chairman of Strategic Concepts (Pty) Ltd; Ali Ghandour, President of ARAM Trading and Technology; Arif Naqvi, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive officer, Abraaj Capital; Lebanese-born designer Nada Debs; Jordanian composer and pianist Zeid Dirani; and Nadine Toukan from The Royal Film Commission.
Others have spent decades in the industry, having taken on the role of elder statesman (and a few "elder" stateswomen