Bahamas has taken the gold in Sprinting for this year’s Olympics in an extraordinary fashion on Monday. Bahams’ Shaunae Miller has defeated United States Sprinter Allyson Felix, the latter securing the gold in 2012’s Olympics.
Ms Miller had started strong and had led the entire race. She was nearly overtaken by Allyson Felix in the final moments of the run. Just before the approach of the finish line, she crossed with her torso the finish line before Felix, leaving the former champion only the silver medal.
According to Ms Miller, her dive had cost her some burns and bruises. But it was all worth it after realising she had won the competition.
It was questionable indeed for some whether the dive was fair in the sprint. According to the Olympic rules, ‘the first athlete whose torso reaches the vertical plane of the closest edge of the finish line is the winner.
According to US Athlete Lolo Jones of Track and Field and Bobsledding, the technique of diving had been extensively used by numerous athletes. He defends that Shaunae Miller’s win is a fair and just one.
American Athlete Ryan Wilson competing in the 110 Hurdles on twitter, came on to say that “if Allyson had dove and won, everyone would be commending her heart.”