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US Olympic Track Trials 2012: Allyson Felix Should Give Up 100 Spot After Tie

EUGENE, OR - JUNE 30:  (L-R) Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix hug following the Women's 200 Meter Dash Final on day nine of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at the Hayward Field on June 30, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2012

After her dominant win in the 200-meter dash final at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track Trials, Allyson Felix needs to concede her spot in the 100 to Jeneba Tarmoh.

Felix and Tarmoh amazingly tied for third, the final Olympics qualifying spot, in the 100 final. The tie was unprecedented, and officials have yet to decide how they will settle the situation.

Felix needs to render this point moot by conceding her spot. This would not only be the gracious thing to do, but it is also in her best interest. 

Felix, and her training partner Tarmoh, were both in the 200 final Saturday at the Trials, but it was Felix who entered as the favorite and Felix that cruised to an impressive easy victory. 

EUGENE, OR - JUNE 30:  Allyson Felix celebrates after winning the Women's 200 Meter Dash Final on day nine of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at the Hayward Field on June 30, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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She won with a personal-best time of 21.69 seconds to finish comfortably ahead of second-place finisher Carmelita Jeter, who finished at 22.11. Termoh was a distant fifth. 

Felix's win was not just the product of her talent—the 200 is her best event—but also the result of her training. Felix has twice claimed the silver in the Olympics in the 200, both times finishing behind Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown. 

To help vault her from this bridesmaid status to gold medalist, Felix tweaked her training to help her peak in the 200. This is also why she decided to try and qualify for the 100 instead of the 400, as she felt it would improve her chances at 200 glory.

If Felix were to concede the final spot in the 100 to Tarmoh, she would be free to focus on the 200. This would ensure that everything Felix does between now and the time she inevitably hits the starting blocks for the 200 will be geared toward capturing the 200 gold that has narrowly escaped her. 

Felix let the world know just how important capturing the gold in this event is to her in this quote captured by the Associated Press' Pat Graham

I feel like if I walked away not winning it would feel like a failure. Just because it's not my first games, not my second, my third time. I've had eight years to think about being a silver medalist. This time I want to win.

While she obviously didn't feel that running in the 100 would hinder her in this quest, it can only help her to have her focus trained solely on the 200. It would also be a nice gesture, and a great example of sportsmanship, for her to allow her training partner to have the spot. 

Both Felix and Tarmoh train under the guidance of Bobby Kersee, and it was actually Felix who called to invite Tarmoh to train with them.

Kersee, who is quoted by the New York Times' Mary Pilon, went as far as to say, "They're like sisters, really." 

So Felix, who helped helped Tarmoh put her Olympic dreams in the fast lane by extending the training invitation, is now in a position to eliminate the final hurdle in those dreams becoming a reality. She simply has to take herself out of the tiebreaker conversation. 

Felix's ultimate goal is to be the 200 champion. She will be in an even better situation to accomplish that with this decision, and she would help her friend work toward accomplishing her goals. This is a no-lose proposition. 

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