Jun 26, 2012

USA women's track runners Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh still have no ruling on dead heat at Olympic qualifier

American women finish tied for third with spot on Team USA on the line for London Olympics. The pair could face a coin flip or a runoff for final slot.

Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh (foreground) finish in a dead heat for the last spot on the USA 100M Olympic squad heading to London. They each lean across the finish line in 11.068 seconds.
EUGENE, Ore. - It took 11.068 seconds for Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh to run the women’s 100 final Saturday night.

It may take a week before USA Track & Field (USATF) officials resolve their rare dead heat and determine who will be the U.S.’ third female 100-meter representative in London.

“Everything I’m hearing is that no decision will be made until after the 200 meters,” said one high-level track and field official here.

The 200-meter final Felix is the three-time world champion and Tarmoh is a bona fide contender won’t be contested until next Saturday.

Carmelita Jeter, the defending world 100 champion, won the 100 in 10.92, followed by Tianna Madison.

The 22-year-old Tarmoh, a former Texas A&M star who just turned pro, finished in a dead heat with Felix, a 10-time world and Olympic champion and one of the marquee U.S. sprinters.

In a statement late Sunday night, the USATF said that that if neither athlete opts to decline her position on the 100 team, they will be given an option of a coin-flip or runoff.

If they don’t agree, a runoff will be held — certainly the fairest means of resolution. No timetable was given, but the most likely time for a runoff would be in next Sunday’s NBC telecast.