As the Olympics steamroll through their second week, track and field has moved to the forefront, which was headlined last night by a questionable finish in the women’s 400m race. Allyson Felix was in the lead a few meters out, but her lead was stolen by Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas. Miller passed Felix by making an all-out dive for the line and broke the finish line while on her knees. Although the maneuver is technically legal, it has sparked a discussion of whether it should be allowed and how ethical it is.
You can decide for yourself with this Tweeted photo from NBC.
"DID YOU SEE THIS FINISH?! @Hey_ItsShaunae dives to beat out @AllysonFelix in the 400m." https://t.co/o3SIQikYeP — @NBCOlympics
In the women’s 400m hurdles, Sydney McLaughlin, Ashley Spencer, and Dalilah Muhammad all advance to the semifinals later on today.The women’s U.S. gymnastics team continued to dominate headlines on Day 9 of the Olympics, but for different reasons. American Laurie Hernandez came up with the silver medal followed by Simone Biles who surprisingly won bronze in the women’s beam event. Biles was favored to nab a gold in this event but slipped when attempting a somersault, and almost fell off of the beam. This has been the only disappointment for Biles during the Olympics, but a great accomplishment for Hernandez.
- Kayla Harrison makes it two gold medals in a row at the women’s 78kg judo competition.
- Natasha Hastings failed to medal in the women’s 400m race.
- The women’s water polo team continues to plow through the competition with a 13-3 victory over Brazil.
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What (and who) were watching today:
- Women’s indoor volleyball tournament quarterfinals vs. Japan.
- Walsh Jennings/Ross face reigning world champions, Brazilians Agatha and Barbara in a semifinal match.
- Simone Biles/Aly Raisman compete in the women’s floor exercise.