Shaunae Miller stunned Allyson Felix to win the women’s 400 metre race at the Olympic Games in Rio. The American denied Felix a fifth gold medal after she made an incredible dive across the finish line.
The 22 year old, from the Bahamas started in lane seven and went out hard from the start. Miller led the race coming into the home straight, but Felix was breathing down her neck as the race closed in to the final 100 metres. The World Champion, Felix was tied up and couldn’t get the burst of pace to catch the Bahamian, although it looked like she was going to win Miller made an audacious dive over the line and with a time of 49.44 seconds and a new personal best Miller was crowned Olympic champion. Felix finished second with a time of 49.51 seconds and claimed the silver medal, which was in fact in her seventh medal in four Olympic Games. The bronze medal went to Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson with a time of 49.85, with Americans Natasha Hastings (50.34) and Phyllis Francis (50.41) coming in fourth and fifth respectively.
Felix was denied a chance to defend her 200 metre title after she failed to finish in the top three in her US trials.