Fair Finish? The Dramatic Dive That Cost Allyson Felix a Gold Medal in the 400-Meter Final

Fair Finish? The Dramatic Dive That Cost Allyson Felix a Gold Medal in the 400-Meter Final

Here's why many are calling Shaunae Miller out.

Published August 16th

Absolutely heartbreaking.

American sprinter Allyson Felix seemingly had the gold medal wrapped up in the women's 400-meter final on Monday night in Rio de Janeiro. 

But just as it looked like she would reach Olympic glory, Shaunae Miller, of the Bahamas, executed a desperation finish-line dive to edge Felix by seven-hundredths of a second.

Felix was crushed by the realization of what occurred.

"I gave it everything I had," she said, addressing the media nearly an hour after the race, according to ESPN. "It's deeply disappointing. I'm a competitor."

She continued, as reported by Daily Mail Online: "I feel emotionally and physically drained at this point. Just disappointment, you know. I don’t think I’ve quite had a year this tough. I just really wanted it."

The gut-wrenching fashion in which Miller edged Felix generated a blitz of mixed reaction on Twitter — with some saying Allyson was robbed and others saying desperate times call for desperate measures.

Although Felix's silver medal put her ahead of Jackie Joyner-Kersee as the most-decorated female American in Olympic track and field history, Allyson seemed too hurt by the loss against Miller to speak about the accomplishment.

"Not quite," Felix told Today on Tuesday morning regarding whether the accomplishment had soaked in just yet.

Instead, Felix was simply trying to do her best to smile through the pain of the stinging loss.

If anything, consider Miller's dive as payback from when USA's David Neville dove past a Bahamian runner to win the bronze medal in the men's 400-meter final back in the 2008 Olympics.

This diving debate will likely continue through these Olympics and beyond.

What do you think? Was that a fair finish?

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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