Tarmoh Backs Out of Tie-Breaker Runoff

Race was scheduled for Monday primetime

In an email to USA Track & Field officials sprinter Jeneba Tarmoh announced she will not compete in Monday's scheduled runoff with training partner Allyson Felix. The race was designed to break a third-place tie between the two runners for a spot at the London Games in the women's 100 meters. USA Track & Field has drawn criticism for having no procedure in place for deciding the tie. The athletes were given a choice between a coin-flip and a runoff. "This decision was really hard for me to make," said Tarmoh. "I was pushed into a corner. They said if you don't make a decision, you give your spot up. I work too hard to just give my spot up. I had to say it was a runoff."

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