The Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller Dives Her Way To Gold Over Allyson Felix And Twitter Isn’t Happy

August 16, 2016  |  

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Allyson Felix

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It was another evening of watching the Olympics with my fiancé last night, and one moment in particular had us, along with all of Twitter, talking.

Allyson Felix was the favorite to take home gold in the 400 meter race and become the most decorated American woman in track and field history. Within the last few seconds of the race, it looked like that was definitely going to happen. In the home stretch, Shaunae Miller from the Bahamas was running like a bat out of hell to the finish line, but Felix, coming from behind, caught up to her. As they prepared to cross the finish line, Miller either fell or dove across it. Either way, by doing so, she finished the race before Felix, who leaned in, could.


“WOW!” That’s exactly what the hubby and I said as the scores came in. Miller, tears of joy running down her face, stayed on the ground as she celebrated her victory. And while Felix was able to be a good sport and walk over to shake the hand of Miller and congratulate her, I would be lying if I said we thought the race came to a fair conclusion.

“How do you just throw your body over the line?” my fiance asked. “Is this a foot race or swimming?”

I took to Twitter to see what people had to say, and minutes after the race ended, just as I thought, people were debating if diving across the finish line was taking the easy way out:

“Don’t care if it’s legal, this is the most pathetic way to win a 400m race. You’re not sliding into home plate, lady,” said one man.

“Allyson Felix definitely won the foot race! Diving in is soooo weak smh” said another.

“Man that is NOT right. Allyson Felix had it all the way until ol girl decided to go swimming on the track,” said a young woman.

And that was about 12 hours ago. But the debates have expanded on Twitter as it was pointed out that Miller wasn’t the first runner to stumble through the finish line to win a medal:


And some people were just clowning in their angst:



But according to NBC News, American sprinter Natasha Hastings, who ran in Monday’s race and finished fourth, dove into first place to make the Olympic team at trials just last month.

It’s definitely legal. As pointed out by NBC Olympics rules, the winner is “The first athlete whose torso (as distinguished from the head, neck, arms, legs, hands or feet) reaches the vertical plane of the closest edge of the finish line.”

So despite how we all may feel, Miller took home gold, and she did indeed put on quite the performance from start to finish. As for Felix, she did snag silver and was still able to surpass Jackie Joyner-Kersee to become the most decorated track and field athlete with seven medals. She has another chance to go for gold this week in the 4x400m relay on Friday.


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