Shaunae Miller’s race last night at the Olympics is making headlines. The Olympic runner launched her body at the finish line in the 400 meters, diving to edge Allyson Felix for the gold medal. The move, though controversial, is legal.
See the clip.
A couple of strides before the finish, 22-year-old Miller (from the Bahamas) threw herself head-first toward the line with both arms stretched out in front of her, landing on the blue track as four-time gold medalist Felix of the U.S. kept running.
Miller was timed in 49.44 seconds; Felix in 49.51 for the silver.
As for how a photo finish works, though, Miller’s extended arms didn’t help her win. Her torso had to beat Felix’s to the line. And it did.
Section 2 of Rule 164 in the International Association of Athletics Federations’ competition rules _ entitled “The Finish” _ says
the athletes shall be placed in the order in which any part of their bodies (i.e. torso, as distinguished from the head, neck, arms, legs, hands or feet) reaches the vertical plane of the nearer edge of the finish line.
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