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Olympic Runner Quits After Confusing Photo Finish

Jeneba Tarmoh had tied Allyson Felix in 100-meter dash
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2012 5:21 PM CDT
Olympic Runner Quits After Confusing Photo Finish
Jeneba Tarmoh starts her heat in the women's 200 meter semi-finals at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials Friday, June 29, 2012, in Eugene, Ore.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – A US Olympic runner who said she felt "in her heart of hearts" that she belonged on the 100-meter team has withdrawn rather than race again, ABC News reports. Jeneba Tarmoh tied fellow American Allyson Felix in a 100-meter dash on June 23, but a day later, with only hours before a scheduled runoff, Tarmoh bowed out. “I understand that with this decision I am no longer running the 100-meter dash in the Olympic Games," Tarmoh said through her agent.

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Tarmoh had agreed to the runoff reluctantly, saying she felt "robbed" of her rightful Olympic berth. In the June 23 race, a timer ruled Tarmoh the winner by a millisecond and she ran a victory lap with a medal—before officials changed the result. “In my heart of hearts, I just feel like I earned the third spot,” she said. Now, Felix and USA Track & Field are both expressing disappointment in Tarmoh's decision. At least she still gets to compete in the 400-meter relay. (Read more 2012 London Olympics stories.)

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