Why Did Jeneba Tarmoh Drop Out of the 100m Runoff Race? Lawsuit?
Why Did Jeneba Tarmoh Drop Out of the 100m Race With Allyson Felix?
It's rare for track and field to dominate the US sports scene, but that's what was going to happen when Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix were set to have a "run-off" race to see who would compete in the 100m dash at the London 2012 Olympics. The runoff was supposed to happen after the two tied for third place in a previous race.
On Monday morning, however, Jeneba Tarmoh decided to pull out of the runoff race and let Felix go to London.
Tarmoh's agent released a statement that said:
“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.”
Why Did Jeneba Tarmoh Drop Out of the 100m Race?
The statement did not explain why Tarmoh dropped out of the runoff race. However, some seem to think that this won't be the last we hear from Tarmoh.
Deadspin says, "it's likely Tarmoh's withdrawal is a protest, and possibly a prelude to seeking legal recourse.
Tarmoh has expressed her displeasure with the outcome of the previous race, feeling that she rightly deserved a third-place result that would have had her qualify for the London Games.