Olympic Trials Tie Confuses Officials
No procedure in place for dead heat
Officials at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, announced Sunday that runners who tied for third place in the women’s 100-meter final can choose to break the tie by either a runoff or a coin toss. Judges initially ruled Jeneba Tarmoh third place in Saturday’s race for the final spot on the women’s 100-meter team but declared a dead-heat finish with Allyson Felix after reviewing photos. A runoff will be held if one or both athletes chooses that option. If both athletes refuse to make a choice, a coin toss will decide the outcome. “Nine times out of 10, most athletes aren’t going to want to flip a coin,” Bobby Kersee, who coaches both runners, said. USA Track and Field had no procedure in place for breaking trials ties.
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