America’s Allyson Felix looked set to win the 400-meter dash on Monday, but she was edged out of first place thanks to a last minute dive from Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller.
After the race, it took Felix nearly an hour before she could confront reporters, as she told them of her extreme disappointment at failing to bring back another gold for Team USA.
‘I’m a competitor. I went for it. At the moment,’ Felix said. ‘It’s just painful.’
She added: ‘I feel emotionally and physically drained at this point…Just disappointment, you know. I don’t think I’ve quite had a year this tough. I just really wanted it.’
However, if there is any consolation prize, it’s in the fact that her new silver medal makes her the most decorated female American in Olympic track & field history, ahead of Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
In an interview on the Today show Tuesday morning, Felix said the accomplishment hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
‘Not quite,’ she said. ‘It’s is something that I’m very, very proud of. It’s been so many years and so much hard work and something…to be in the same sentence as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who is a minot and an idol – that’s going to take a while to sink in.’
Felix (top) finished second, followed by Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson (left). USA’s Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis finished fourth and fifth respectively
Sprinter Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas has taken gold in an upset win over USA’s Allyson Felix in the women’s 400m
Miller dove at the last second and crossed the finish line just ahead of Felix in the 400m final, winning the race by a hair
‘I’ve never done it before,’ Miller said of her dive. ‘I have some cuts and bruises, a few burns… it hurts.’
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