The 2016 Olympic Games continues to thrill, with a controversial ending to the women’s 400M final. 22-year-old Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas beat Allyson Felix to win Gold. The Bahamian athlete hurled her body over the finish line, beating U.S. track star Allyson Felix by 0.07 seconds with a time of 49.44 seconds.
Miller’s move caused an uproar on social media, as fans debated if the move was legal. It does in fact qualify as the rules state: “The first athlete whose torso … reaches the vertical plane of the closest edge of the finish line is the winner.”
Felix, who is from Los Angeles and attended USC, referenced the controversial result on TODAY early Tuesday. She said she was “not too used to seeing” her competitors dive at the end of the race. “It happens every now and then but it’s not too common,” she said.
“It wasn’t my best race,” she admitted. “I felt like it got a little bit away from me.”
Felix winning silver puts her total Olympic medal count at seven since 2004. That number places her ahead of Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s record and makes her the most decorated U.S. female track athlete of all time.
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