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Desperate line lunge earns Bahamaian Shaunae Miller 400m title

Desperate line lunge earns Bahamaian Shaunae Miller 400m title

Posted by PanamericanWorld on August 16, 2016

It took a dramatic dive by Shaunae Miller of Bahamas at the finish line to win the women's 400-metre final, preventing American Allyson Felix from capturing a record fifth Olympic gold medal.

Miller clocked 49.44 seconds, running in lane 7, to narrowly hold off Felix, who finished in 49.51. Shericka Jackson of Jamaica won the bronze in 49.85.

"This is the moment I have been waiting for," Miller said. "I just gave it my all. I am just so happy, so grateful, such emotions I just can't say."

Shaunae Miller prone on the Rio track after winning her gold medal.

Shaunae Miller prone on the Rio track after winning her gold medal.  
Felix said she "didn't feel like I had any more left to give". "I'm a competitor and I went for it. I think in the moment, it's painful."
 

Felix won the 400 at the world championships last year and was planning to run the 200- and 400-metre double in Rio, but was hampered by an ankle injury at the US trials and didn't make the team for the 200.

Miller was judged first across the line.

 

Miller was judged first across the line. 

 

She won the 200 in London four years ago.

Felix now has seven Olympic medals, including three silvers. She could still run both the 4x100 and the 4x400 relays in Rio.

Photo finish: Shaunae Miller's sprawl pips Allyson Felix in lane four.

Photo finish: Shaunae Miller's sprawl pips Allyson Felix in lane four.
 

The 30-year-old American entered the games as one of six women with four Olympic gold medals in track and field.

Dive 'legal'

The SB Nation sports website reported that Miller's dive was legal.

Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dives over the finish line to win the gold medal in the Olympic women's 400m final at Rio.

Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dives over the finish line to win the gold medal in the Olympic women's 400m final at Rio.
 

"International Association of Athletic Federations rulebook states: "The athletes shall be placed in the order in which any part of their bodies (i.e. torso, as distinguished from the head, neck, arms, legs, hands or feet) reached the vertical plane of the nearer edge of the finish line" (Rule 164, IAAF Rules 2006-2007).

"So, it's not that Miller's extended hands crossed fist, it's that her chest made it across the finish line before Felix's, SB Nation reported.

 

An emotional Miller relishes her win.

An emotional Miller relishes her win.
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