Two Runners Tie for Olympic Spot Wait for Tie Breaking Decision (Video)

Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh tie for third place in Oregon's 100 meter for the Olympic spot.

The Olympics are upon us and athletes all over the country are competing for the spot in the London games.  But two women have made their run for the top spots, but are caught in a tie that even officials are baffled as to how it should be broken.

Famous track coach and husband of racing phenom Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bobby Kersee, is in the middle of breaking a tie between two women he trains and have prepared for the Olympics.  Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh tied in the 100-meter in Oregon for third place. But the tie is monumental in that the woman chosen will go on to secure the third spot for the Olympics in London.

But the USA Track and Field’s new procedures in the face of a tie are not at all sensitive to the athlete in that they are suggesting a coin toss to break the tie.  Kersee is not accepting this type of tie breaker and the only other option is a run-off.  That option makes the most sense.  The Huffington Post reported:

“If both athletes choose the same option, it will determine the tiebreaker. If the athletes disagree, the tiebreaker will be a runoff. If both athletes decline a preference, the tiebreaker will be a coin toss.”

Crazy, right?  Well, Kersee’s responded saying:

“Nine times out of 10, most athletes aren’t going to want to flip a coin,” Kersee 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.”

Watch the race.  Who do you think won?  Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

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