Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh Coin Toss or Run off
Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh were given the opportunity to break their tie with a coin toss or runoff. The two finished in third place during Saturday’s women’s 100 meters at the U.S. track and field trials.
Only three Americans can be included in the event in London.
According to the Huffington Post, 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.
Alternatively, either competitor can choose to cede the spot and assume a spot as an alternate.
The two athletes are both scheduled to compete Thursday, with the finals set for Saturday. The two frequently train together.
A spokesperson said a decision on the tie-breaker would be made in a few days.
The fiasco was caused by the 100-meter final dash. In a rare event, both athletes crossed the finished line in 11.068 seconds. The games does not have a protocol to determine the winner.
Bobby Kersee, who coaches both Felix and Tarmoh, appeared to be in favor of a run-off but for now, wants them to fully focus on the task at hand.
“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.”