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Allyson Felix's fate in 100-meter in limbo

Judges are trying to determing if the former Santa Clarita resident will earn the final U.S. spot

Posted: June 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The women’s Olympic team in the 100 meters was called into question Saturday night when track officials declared a dead heat between Janeba Tarmoh and former Santa Clarita resident Allyson Felx for third place.

Carmelita Jeter secured a spot at the London Games by winning the event in 10.92 seconds, as did runner-up Tianna Madison, who finished in 10.96.

After a long review, race officials determined Felix and Tarmoh finished in a dead-heat for third place, each at 11.068 seconds. Only three spots are available at the Olympics and USA Track and Field officials were huddling, trying to solve a problem for which there is no written solution.

It was announced to the Hayward Field crowd that Tarmoh edged training partner Felix by 0.0001 seconds at first, but the results were immediately reviewed.

Elsewhere, Canyon High graduate Alysia Montano won her heat for the second straight day in the 800-meter semifinals to advance to Monday’s final.

A top three finish will put her in the Olympics.

The story of the day came from Ashton Eatonn, who broke the world record in the decathlon, the cream of the crop in the hallowed and history-filled event that has long identified the world’s greatest athlete.

Needing a personal best in the grueling finale, the 1,500 meters, to get the record, Eaton came through, running the last event in 4 minutes, 14.48 seconds to finish with 9,039 points and beat Roman Sebrle’s 11-year-old mark by 13 points.


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