Monday night we had another great moment on the track. The women’s 400m race came down to the literal wire, with some controversy surrounding the finish.
Pre-race, the favorite to win was Allyson Felix of the ole’ U.S of A. She won the World Championships in late 2015 and looked to have this race wrapped-up half way through. But no, not on Shaunae Miller’s watch.
The Bahamanian made a valiant but controversial leap at the finish line to beat Felix by the smallest of margins. This finish sparked a ton of talk amongst track and field fans. Should you be able to dive at the end of a race? Shouldn’t you have to finish the race on two feet? You want my opinion. I think you should be able to do whatever it takes to win within the rules.
If there are no rules against diving at the finish line, do it. The only athletes fans remember from the Olympics are the gold medalists, and Shaunae Miller’s dive secured her spot in history.
— William Hill Aus (@WillHillAus) August 16, 2016
An incredible dive by Shaunae Miller to take the Gold medal from Allyson Felix. pic.twitter.com/aRgHCjthj9
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) August 16, 2016
ESPN’s Sports Business writer Darren Rovell took a twitter poll to gauge the thoughts of the general public. I obviously voted Yes, because as I mentioned above, do whatever it takes to win. But it looks like I’m in the minority here. I think you also have to take into account that a U.S. athlete got the short end of the stick in this controversy. U.S. fans are soooo sour.