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A lot of people have been buzzing about the finish in the Women’s 400 meters at the Olympics. The favorite was American Allyson Felix, and her only real competitor was the Bahamas Shaunae Miller, who led the entire race. Felix gained ground on her in the final 100 meters, and right when they came to the finish lines Miller basically dove across the finish line, and since her torso crossed first, she was the winner. Watch:
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 16, 2016
Allyson Felix missed out on gold because her opponent dove across the finish line: https://t.co/77sYvjTQQM
— SB Nation (@SBNation) August 16, 2016
She won 100% fair and square. And she didn’t dive, she fell. Anyone who has ever run the 400 meters before knows how much that race sucks. Your body was not built to sprint that far, and the final few steps you are running on pure sack and/or balls. Shaunae Miller had nothing left whatsoever and she leaned forward like runners are taught to do, and fell over and across the finish line first. End of story.
Don’t take my word for it though, listen to everyone who has ever run in the Olympics ever:
Shaunae Miller's dive was to recover from falling. Sprinters know the quickest way across the line is a well timed lean. Trust me on that.
— Michael Johnson (@MJGold) August 16, 2016
Ppl are mad Miller won with a dive but most pro's at one point have used that tactic to win. Miller didn't cheat Allyson, she won fair.
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) August 16, 2016
Allyson Felix should have won this race but she took it too easy in the first 200 meters and wasn’t nearly aggressive enough. With 100 meters to go the lead was too big. Nevertheless it was an amazing race, and I love the fact that Americans get pissed about getting second place in anything.
The Internet mob disagrees though. Here’s a small sampling from people who just watched track for the first time yesterday:
Anyone saying that the rules should change simply because the American lost should be kicked out of America. We don’t have room for butthurt loser talk. All these losers talking about what you “should” have to do to win can go pound sand. Allyson Felix “should” have dove, or leaned earlier, or gone faster at the beginning so she didn’t find herself in that situation to begin with. But she didn’t, so she lost to a woman from the Bahamas who clearly wanted it more than her. End of story.
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