THE FANCIEST DIVE! BAHAMAS’ MILLER TAKES GOLD IN 400

By Julie Glass

Needing every tool at her disposal to sneak past Allyson Felix and into gold, the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller pulled out her final trick.

She had already sprinted, churning her way through the home stretch to catch Felix, the seven-time Olympic medalist. As runners, they were an even match; something had to give.

“I just tried to give all I had,” said Felix. “I didn’t have more to give.”

So Miller dove.

With the finish line of the women’s 400 meters within a single stride, Miller decided to slide through the stripe while Felix remained upright, giving her the seven-hundredths of a second needed to earn her first Olympic medal.

“The only thing going through my mind was I have to get the gold medal,” Miller said. “When I was on the ground I didn’t know if I had won it yet until I heard my mom screaming. And when I heard her screaming, I had to have won the race.”

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