Miller dives over line to deny Felix in 400m

Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:08am EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Bahamian Shaunae Miller launched herself over the finishing line with a desperate dive to pip American Allyson Felix to Olympic 400 meters gold by the slimmest of margins in a thrilling final on Monday.

After literally flying across the line in a personal best time of 49.44 seconds, the 22-year-old lay on the track, shaken up and exhausted, as she waited for the scoreboard to confirm she had clinched her first major title.

"I didn't see anyone until the last 20 meters and the only thing I was thinking was that I must get that gold medal," said Miller.

"I think (the dive) was just a reaction, my mind went blank, the next thing I knew I was lying on the ground. I've got a few cuts and bruises but I'm okay.

"This is the moment I have been waiting for. I am just so happy, so grateful, such emotions I just can't say."

Felix, who finished in 49.51, was also on the floor after failing to claim her fifth Olympic gold medal, let alone the 200-400 double she had originally planned for the Rio Games.

"Disappointment," said the 30-year-old, struggling to hold back her tears. "It's been a tough one and I really hoped it would come together tonight.

"I just gave it all I had, I don't think I had anything left to give. I feel emotionally and physically drained at this moment. I really wanted it, it's painful."   Continued...

Shaunae Miller (BAH) of Bahamas throws herself across the finish line to win the gold ahead of Allyson Felix (USA) of USA.       REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch