Tarmoh gives up Olympic spot in 100 to Felix

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Both athletes are represented by Nike, but Tarmoh insisted the shoe company didn’t play a role in the decision.

“Nobody got any kind of money,” Tarmoh said. “Nike didn’t even know, in fact.”

Tarmoh said she would not pursue any legal action to get her spot.

“No legal action at all,” she said.

Tarmoh also said this hasn’t affected her relationship with Felix, who’s taken the young sprinter under her wing.

“I’ve told Allyson numerous times, ‘I have the utmost respect for you. I don’t want you to think I’m mad at you or anything negative,’” Tarmoh said. “She’s an inspiration to me, helping me on and off the track.”

There was no guarantee Felix would’ve run in the race, either. She said Sunday that she would allow her health to make the final decision. If she warmed up and didn’t feel right, that’s it, Felix was going to pull out of the competition. She wasn’t about to risk anything this close to London.

One of the faces of track, Felix will now race in both the 100 and 200 in London. She is the favorite to win her signature event, the 200, after winning silver medals in the last two Olympics.

Although Tarmoh didn’t qualify in the 200, she’s eligible to run in the Olympic 400-meter relay.

“The situation has been difficult for everyone involved,” Felix said in a statement. “I had accepted the USATF decision and was prepared to run at 5 p.m. I wanted to earn my spot on this team and not have it conceded to me so I share in everyone’s disappointment that this runoff will not happen. All I can do now is turn my focus to London.”

This has been a debacle since Felix and Tarmoh crossed the line in 11.068 seconds. The options USATF presented to settle the tie were a runoff, coin flip or one athlete conceding the spot to the other.

The athletes and their agents met with USATF representatives Sunday, and Felix and Tarmoh chose to settle matters on the track. Tarmoh, however, was clearly unhappy with the choice.

On Sunday, she said felt “like I was kind of robbed.”

A day later, she’s at peace even if millions of fans were looking forward to the race.

“I didn’t even think about that,” Tarmoh said. “Honestly, when they said runoff, all I thought about was me and Allyson.

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