By Adebayo Williams
Bahamas athlete Shaunae Miller showed her determination to win the gold medal of the 400m race at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics. She dived, head first, across the finish line to beat America’s Allyson Felix to win gold. Miller, a 22-year-old from the Bahamas who finished second to Felix at the world championships last year, took an early lead, then held off her charge along the straightaway. Neck-and-neck with two steps to go, Miller sprawled, dove and tumbled across the line to win by .07 seconds.
“This is the moment I have been waiting for,” Miller said.
“I just gave it my all.”
While Miller jumped with her arms flailing forward, the rules say the win is determined by which athlete has any part of her torso cross the line first. The photo finish showed the negative image of Miller’s sprawled-out body. Her shoulder barely beat Felix to the line. The result popped up on the scoreboard: Miller won in 49.44 seconds. The bronze went to Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson.
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