EUGENE, OR. – Greetings from chilly and rainy Eugene, Oregon. I caught up with Olympic track coach Andrew Valmon on Tuesday, who has a very full plate right now.
The topic of the day is the still-unsettled women’s 100m, and the third place tie between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh.
“We’re going to settle it after they run the 200,” Valmon said on Tuesday.
The 200m qualifying race is scheduled for Thursday at 6:45PT. The semifinals will be Friday at 3:00PT, and the finals will be Saturday at 6:50PT.
Felix and Tarmoh ran an identical 11:068 seconds in Saturday’s final.
“There are one of three options we’ll use to decide who gets the final spot,” Valmon said.
USA Track and Field published the following on the tie-breaker rules:
In case of a tie, the following procedure shall be used for breaking a tie for the final qualifying slot in a running-event final in which a U.S. National Team or Olympic Team is being selected:
If either athlete declines his or her position on the National Team/Olympic Team, that athlete will be named the alternate and the other athlete will assume the final available position.
If neither athlete declines their position, they will be given the option to determine the tie-breaker via coin toss or by run-off.
If both athletes choose the same option, that option will be utilized as the tie-breaker.
If the athletes disagree on the tie-breaker, the tie will be broken by a run-off.
If both athletes refuse to declare a preference regarding the method between a run off and coin toss in regards to how the tie is broken, the tie will be broken by coin toss.
The word I’m hearing is that we’re looking at a run-off between Felix and Tarmoh, which is likely to be held on Sunday, the final day of the trials, after the final event, which is the men’s 200m, scheduled for 4:50PT.
Tuesday was the first of two rest days for the athletes at the Olympic Trials for track and field. A few athletes actually got in some rest time and treatment, which included anything from chiropractic care to massage to physical therapy and acupuncture.
Others went to the track and got in a brief workout. Wednesday is also a rest day before the trials resume on Thursday.
On Monday, the athletes competed in chilly and rainy conditions in 11 events, including five finals: the men’s high jump, javelin, and 800m, and the women’s triple jump and 800m.
Making it to London in those events are:
Men’s high jump: Jamie Nieto (7-5 3/4), Erik Kynard (7-5 ¾), Jr. Nick Ross (7-5 ¾).
Men’s javelin: Sam Humphreys (268-7), Samuel Crouser (265-1), Craig Kinsley (262-2)
Men’s 800m:Nicholas Symmonds (1:43:92), Khadevis Robinson (1:44:64), Duane Solomon Jr. (1:44:65)
Women’s triple jump: Amanda Smock (45-9), Sheena Gordon (45-4 ½), Andrea Geubelle (45.3).
Women’s 800m: Alysia Montano (1:59:08), Geena Gall (1:59:24), Alice Schmidt (1:59:46).
When competition resumes on Thursday, there will be finals in five more events: the men’s pole vault, discus, 3000m steeplechase and 5000m and the women’s 5000m.