Women's 100m Finals: Jeneba Tarmoh Officially Withdraws From Runoff

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Jeneba Tarmoh Officially Withdraws From 100m, Cedes Olympic Spot To Allyson Felix

Jeneba Tarmoh has officially "withdrawn herself from consideration for one of three Olympic Team positions in the women's 100 meters," per USA Track and Field. She will not participate in Monday night's scheduled 100-meter runoff and will instead cede her spot in the event to Allyson Felix.

USATF put out a release, roughly just seven hours before the tie-breaking sprint was to take place, that included an e-mail from Tarmoh, forwarded by her agent, with her decision to withdraw:

"I Jeneba Tarmoh have decided to decline my 3rd place position in the 100m dash to Allyson Felix. I understand that with this decision I am no longer running the 100m dash in the Olympic Games and will be an alternate for the event. As an alternate I understand that I will be asked to run if another 100m runner decides not to for personal reasons, and/or on the 4x100m relay."

The U.S. women's 100m contingent is now Carmelita Jeter, Tianna Madison and Allyson Felix. Tarmoh did not qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in an individual event, but will be part of the 4X100m relay pool in London.

USATF President Stephanie Hightower said the organization was "disappointed that Jeneba has changed her mind ... but we know that Allyson, Carmelita and Tianna will represent Team USA well."

The announcement officially ends more than a week of speculation and drama at the trials, and also ends any hope track fans had of what would have been an epic tie-breaking race in Eugene, Oregon. Tarmoh and Felix finished in a "dead heat" in the 100m on June 23, forcing USATF to declare that a winner would be determined by a runoff, unless one of the runners declined her spot, or both agreed to a coin flip.

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Jeneba Tarmoh Withdraws From 100m Runoff, Per Her Agent

There will be no runoff after all. Jeneba Tarmoh's agent has told the USA Today that the sprinter "will not run today" and instead will surrender her spot in the women's 100 meters for the 2012 Olympics. This means Allyson Felix will head to London to compete in the 100m sprint, along with the first and second place finishers, Carmelita Jeter and Tianna Madison.

Speculation of a canceled runoff began Sunday evening when Tarmoh reportedly decided to pull out, despite representatives from USA Track and Field trying to convince her to run, though she didn't officially withdraw at the time. The story was originally reported by SI's Tim Layden.

"In my heart of hearts, I just feel like I earned the third spot. I almost feel like I was kind of robbed.," Tarmoh told the AP after learning of the judge's process to determine a tie for third-place.

Tarmoh's decision not to participate in a runoff ends over a week's worth of drama at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Track and Field. She was originally declared the third-place finisher immediately after 100m ended June 23, but a judge's review determined that she finished in a "dead heat" with Felix. USATF had no procedure for the unprecedented event, so they created one: there would be a runoff, unless one of the runners declined her spot, or both agreed to a coin flip.

Sunday night brought with it word that the two would indeed have a runoff, scheduled for Monday night at 8 p.m. ET at Hayward Field. But nearly as quickly as that was announced, word began to trickle out that Tarmoh was having second thoughts.

Team USA's representation in the women's 100m at London will now be the trio of Jeter, Madison and Felix.

Tarmoh finished fifth in the women's 200 meters, meaning the 100m was her shot an individual Olympic berth. Both Tarmoh and Felix, who won the 200m, will be part of U.S. Olympic team as part of the 4x100m relay pool.

Stay with our StoryStream for the latest from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field in Eugene as Team USA is decided.

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Jeneba Tarmoh Having Second Thoughts About 100m Runoff

So about that women's 100-meter runoff that's supposed to take place on Monday in primetime. According to SI.com's Tim Layden, Jeneba Tarmoh, part of the tie for the third and final spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the 100, may be having second thoughts. The race was declared a dead-heat one week ago, and a runoff was the agreed upon resolution.

But now there's this:

It's a stunning reversal from Sunday night. During the U.S. Track and Field Team Trials, NBC interviewed Allyson Felix and Tarmoh, the two competitors in the scheduled runoff. Tarmoh fought back tears and said it's been an emotional ride as both tried to figure out what to do next throughout the week. Both added they never considered a coin-flip and wanted to race for the final spot.

The story Layden references in the above tweet is here. It's an excellent look at how the dead heat was declared -- a behind-the-scenes story of a photo finish judge who protested himself, eventually leading to the runoff. Layden went into incredible detail when describing what happened, how the judge finds the runners' torso in a photo finish and why there was such controversy following the race.

Tarmoh's torso, which appeared to be twisted in the photo, is an important detail, and could be a reason she's upset. An initial interpolation led to an electronic time for Tarmoh that was .001 seconds faster than Felix. Immediately after the times flashed, a second review was done and the race was declared a dead heat after much debate -- the replay official said his read was subjective, but he'd call Tarmoh the winner every time.

So you can see why Tarmoh might be upset. And now, it appears this story will continue to twist and turn, becoming one of the more messy and confusing track and field subplots we've seen in quite some time.

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2012 U.S. Olympic Trials: Jeneba Tarmoh, Allyson Felix To Compete In Runoff

As the first few days of the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. for the most part have concluded, there is still one area that needs to be decided. The 100 meter Women's event needs to have a tie-breaker for the final spot on the team, as Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix both finished tied for third at 11.07 earlier in the day. There is no official tie-break policy however, so the USATF has decided on a runoff... or a coin flip.

Tarmoh finished with a .001 advantage of 11.068 to 11.069, but third place was ruled a dead heat. The winner of the runoff will join Carmelita Jeter and Tianna Madison on the U.S. team for London.

Stay with our StoryStream for the latest from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field in Eugene as Team USA is decided.

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