Allyson Felix took gold with her team in the 4×400-meter race in Beijing 2008. She has also taken silver twice in the 200-meter sprint, which is what she primarily competes in. She appeared in Athens as well, and is trying for a London 2012 spot. But there’s just one problem, and it comes in the form of Jeneba Tarmoh.
Felix usually races in the 100m, 200m, and 400m events. In 2009 she became the first woman to ever win three world 200-meter titles. Winning her first medal at just eighteen, she hopes to be able to compete for one more at 26. And this girl is dang strong! She is able to leg-press 700 pounds and dead lifted 245 pounds, which is almost twice her weight.
Growing up in LA, Felix comes from a very religious family. Her dad Paul is an ordained minister in Sun Valley, California, and her mother is an elementary school teacher. Felix went to a Baptist high school where she didn’t discover her talent for running until 9th grade. She graduated from USC with a degree in elementary education.
Saturday (June 23) Felix and Tarmoh raced in the 100 m dash during the Olympics trials for Track and Field to try and qualify for one of the three spots on the Olympic team. The race finish is documented by two cameras that take thousands of pictures, and what all of those pictures revealed was that for the first time in track and field history, there was a tie. Tarmoh was at first said to have won by .0001, but that was later retracted and said the two tied. They tied! Because this had never happened before, track officials had to come up with a tie-breaking solution. USATF officials are getting quite a bit of slack for not having some type of tie-breaking method in place before, but really, who would have ever thought that two people could exactly tie? It is yet to be decided if the final spot on the Olympic team for the 100m dash will be determined by a coin toss or another run-off. The decision will most likely come after the two compete in the 200m dash on Saturday.
Felix is trying for her third Olympics, Tarmoh for her first. Check out more pictures of Felix back at Newscom.
The awkward thing is both of them are coached by Bobby Kersee and have trained together quite a lot. Kersee has said “ Would you go to the Super Bowl and after two overtimes or what have you, have the referees take both coaches to the middle of the field and say, ‘We’re going to flip to see who wins the Super Bowl?’ I don’t see that.” He has also declared that he won’t be present at the race, if there is a runoff, he’ll instead go on a long walk.
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