2012 Olympic Trials: 5 Reasons Why Jeneba Tarmoh Made a Foolish Mistake

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2012 Olympic Trials: 5 Reasons Why Jeneba Tarmoh Made a Foolish Mistake
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Tonight was to be a unique moment for track, and at the same time, a ratings boost as the sport attempted to keep up with the Olympic power that swimming has become.

In the women's 100-meter final at the Olympic trials, there was a tie for the last qualifying spot in the London Games between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh.

After a long, drawn out process to determine how the winner would be decided, it was finally determined that there should be a run-off to break the tie.

But Tarmoh would have none of it. So to everyone's bewilderment, she conceded the race to Felix.

So after originally winning the race (it was later determined a tie), and then seeming to have an advantage even afterwards with any negotiation, she will end up empty-handed in individual events at the London Olympics.

But whether she was robbed of an event in the world's greatest sports spectacle, the fact that she did not race again is the true crime.

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