2 Jul 2012

Felix and Tarmoh to race for last Olympic spot

11:40 am on 2 July 2012

Allyson Felix and training partner Jeneba Tarmoh will settle their controversial women's 100 metres third-place tie at the US Olympic trials with a runoff on Tuesday.

Tarmoh was originally named as the winner of the final spot on the U.S. team for London but officials declared a dead heat after reviewing the photo finish.

Tarmoh says she was robbed after USA Track & Field announced eight days after the race that there would be a runoff.

She says she was pushed into a corner and the officials say if she doesn't make a decision to run off with Felix then she will have to give up her spot.

Since only three athletes can be named in each event to an Olympics team, the tie needed to be broken but US officials did not have a procedure in place.

They developed one a week ago in consultation with the US Olympic Committee but allowed the athletes to wait until after Sunday's 200 to decide whether there would be a runoff or a coin toss for the final spot.

World champion Carmelita Jeter won the 100 with Tianna Madison second.