The life of a sprinter must be frustrating. You train for weeks and months in order to get into tip top shape so that you can run a race that will be over in roughly 11 seconds. Hours on the track and in the weight room can mean the world or mean nothing depending on what happens in those few seconds.
Over the weekend some of the best sprinters in the country participated in the U.S. Olympic Trials to try and earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. For the women in the 100M finals the dream was realized for two, Carmelita Jeter (first; 10.92 seconds) and Tianna Madison (second; 10.96 seconds).
The top three make the team, but the problem officials at the Trials are having is figuring out who came in third. They've gone to the timers and they've reviewed tape. As near as they can tell the next two finishers, Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix, crossed the line at the exact same time (11.07 seconds).
So who gets to go to London?
There has been a lot of discussion on this and it seems that officials have been able to come up with a way of figuring it out. One of the women could decline the chance to go leaving the honor for the other. Barring that unlikely occurrence the duo will have a choice of a coin toss or run-off.
Should they both choose the same thing that will be what decides it. If they choose different options they will have a run-off. It will go to a coin flip if both decline to state a preference. There has been no word yet on what the ladies have decided to do.