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2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials: Jeneba Tarmoh Ties Allyson Felix In 100m, No Decision Made Yet On How To Break Tie

The women's 100m final had a third place tie between Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix.

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The women's 100m final at the 2012 United States Olympic Track & Field trials is under a controversy as there is a tie for the third spot. This is a big deal since the top three finishers in an event get to represent the United States at the upcoming London Olympic Games.

Initially it was former Texas A&M track star Jeneba Tarmoh who was awarded the third place narrowly over Allyson Felix, however it is now declared a tie as both runners have run an 11.068. For whatever reason there is no tiebreaker policy in place, and the two decisions are either a coin flip -- which is a terrible idea -- or the better option is to have the two run again with the winner claiming the third and final spot and represent the United States at the Olympics.

The decision to reverse the results and call it a tie was made by official timer Roger Jennings:

"When I immediately looked at it, I could see their torsos and what I could see visually, it was in essence a dead heat," said Jennings. "But then I looked at the (right) arm position of Tarmoh [number 1] (being ahead of Felix [number 2]) which I felt was a torso coming across ahead of Allyson's Felix's torso. So I called it on the board, unofficially, as lane one Tarmoh ahead of Felix. But I immediately wanted to get a meet referee in there. In essence, I protested it myself. We had four referees come in and look it and we all decided that what we saw visually was a dead heat and at that point we called it a dead heat for third."

As of now there has been no decision on how to reach a conclusion, but Felix's coach wants the decision to be made after she runs the 200m which concludes on Saturday.

For more on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field trials head on over to SB Nation's Olympic hub.

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