June 26, 2012 3:13 pm
On Saturday, two U.S. Olympic hopefuls, Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh tied for third in the trial for the 100-meter race. Only one of them can run this event in the Olympics. Officials initially ruled that Tarmoh had finished one-thousandth of a second ahead of Felix.
But then timers and referees took a closer look at this photo, shot at 3,000 frames-per-second:
They ruled that the two had finished in a dead heat.
Now the two runners will have to break the tie either with a coin toss or a run-off. They’re likely delaying the decision until after they run in the 200 meter trial.
More from Smithsonian.com:
Sign up for our free email newsletter and receive the best stories from Smithsonian.com each week.
No Comments »
No comments yet.