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Allyson Felix punches Olympic ticket in 200

Santa Clarita resident awaits ruling on 100-meter tie

Posted: July 1, 2012 3:56 p.m.
Updated: July 1, 2012 3:56 p.m.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — This time, there was no dead heat.

Allyson Felix ran a personal-best 21.69 seconds in the 200-meter final on a rain-soaked track Saturday night. She easily pulled away from the field, no signs of the stress from the last week weighing her down.

Still to be determined is her fate in the 100 meters. Felix and training partner Jeneba Tarmoh finished in a third-place tie last Saturday.

They’re soon going to announce their plans for breaking the tie. But not right now, said Tarmoh, who finished a distant fifth.

Felix was too busy celebrating and soaking up the moment.

Wearing neon yellow compression sleeves on her legs, Felix was easy to spot as she settled into the blocks. She was even easier to detect once she flew off the starting line, jumping out to a commanding lead. She never looked back, smiling as she crossed the finish line and clapping her hands, before raising them high over her head.

Whew. She was in.

Carmelita Jeter finished 0.42 seconds behind and Sanya Richards-Ross even farther back in third to round out the London-bound team.

Now, it’s decision time. So many questions await Felix and Tarmoh.

At the top of the list, and the one everyone is waiting to hear an answer to, is what way will they choose to break the tie: A one-race runoff or a flip of the coin? There’s always the possibility that Felix simply surrenders the spot Tarmoh, because she’s already safely into the Olympics in the 200.


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