Felix, Tarmoh to hold 100-meter dash run-off Monday for spot on Olympic team
The now-infamous third-place tie in the U.S. Olympic Trials' women's 100-meter dash will be settled by a run-off between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh at 5 p.m. PT Monday.
For more than a week, the world of American track has been waiting for some kind of resolution to the infamous dead heat between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh in the U.S. Olympic Trials' women's 100-meter dash. Fortunately, fans and officials -- and Felix and Tarmoh -- will only have to wait one more day.
After a Sunday afternoon meeting between U.S. Track and Field officials, Felix and Tarmoh, and their shared coach Bobby Kersee, officials announced that the run-off will be held Monday at 5 p.m. Pacific at Eugene, Ore.'s Hayward Field, the same site as Trials.
The run-off will be broadcast by NBC, which will cut into their scheduled airing of the final day of U.S. swim trials. The winner will receive the final U.S. entry into the Olympic 100-meter dash in London.
With the U.S. limited to only three entries, Carmelita Jeter and Tianna Madison taking the top two spots in the June 23 100 final, and USATF having no established protocol for how to break a tie that couldn't be separated even by a 3,000-frames-per-second camera, Felix and Tarmoh were forced to decide themselves (along with Kersee) how they wanted to proceed. Their options included a coin-flip, the run-off, or one of the two conceding her spot to the other.
There was speculation that Felix would make that concession if she qualified for the Olympic team in the 200-meter dash, the event in which her decisive victory Saturday has made her the gold-medal favorite. But Felix's post-race comments made it clear she wasn't interested.
"You work hard for it," she said. ""She worked hard. I worked hard. We're both very deserving."
True as that may be, only one will run the 100 for the U.S. in London. Although Felix competed in the 200-meter dash in both Athens and Beijing and won a gold medal as part of the U.S. 4x100 relay team in 2008, this would be her first Olympic qualification in the 100 meters. Tarmoh has never been to the Olympics.
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