(NEW YORK) — There will be no runoff. Jeneba Tarmoh will not entertain the idea of a runoff versus Allyson Felix for the third and final spot on the U.S. team for the 100-meter women’s race at the 2012 London Games, USA Track and Field announced Monday.
“The situation has been difficult for everyone involved. I had accepted the USATF decision and was prepared to run at 5 p.m. (PT). I wanted to earn my spot on this team and not have it conceded to me so I share in everyone’s disappointment that this runoff will not happen,” Felix said in a statement on Monday. “All I can do now is turn my focus to London.”
The two got into this situation after Felix and Tarmoh crossed the line in an identical time of 11.068 seconds eight days ago.
“I, Jeneba Tarmoh, have decided to decline my 3rd place position in the 100m dash to Allyson Felix,” Tarmoh wrote in the email to the USATF. “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.”
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