Despite a tight, heartbreaking finish in the women’s 400m final, U.S. women’s track superstar Allyson Felix made history Monday night in Rio.
Felix was neck and neck with Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas for Gold when Miller dove in for the win. It was literally so close.
The dive worked: Photo-line finish and great pic from USA Today of Shaunae Miller beating out Allyson Felix. pic.twitter.com/KmuOaITFuL
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) August 16, 2016
This dive has cause people to cry foul on social media. Some were confused how that dive was allowed, campaigning that Felix should have taken the Gold.
It feels like diving is something you shouldn’t be able to do. What a close finish in the 400m.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 16, 2016
That dive tho? Bahamas just robbed one from #AllysonFelix
— Zachary T. Kiesch (@ztkiesch) August 16, 2016
I don’t really like how Shaunae Miller dove for the line… Idk I just feel like that’s a legal way to cheat
— Morgz (@sMORGANbord_) August 16, 2016
Hell, Gatlin could have dove to beat Usain if that’s the case
— Fox (@itsmissfox) August 16, 2016
So Shaunae Miller won a gold for the new event of land diving, apparently.
Allyson Felix won a gold for running the 400m, in my opinion.
— Strahan Cadell (@Sartor1836) August 16, 2016
Others defended Miller’s win and said she earned it.
Allyson Felix is great, but Shaunae Miller deserved the win.
I think she was tired & stumbled at the end, but intentional dives are allowed.
— Caroline R. Curran (@CarolineRCurran) August 16, 2016
There’s a logic to leaning forward at the finish & diving is simply its conclusion. Props to Shaunae Miller. Well deserved. #Rio2016
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) August 16, 2016
— Vanessa Herring (@VanessaWBAL) August 16, 2016
Even though she didn’t get Gold, Allyson Felix made history. With 7 medals, she is now the most decorated women’s track athlete in American history.
Despite injuries and the possibility of not returning for this Olympics, Felix did it and did it pretty dang well. She had stated earlier that this would be her last Olympic games. We are proud of you Allyson and congrats to Shaunae Miller!
We are still overwhelmed by all of this Olympic #BlackGirlMagic.