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An unlikely (and generally unheard of) situation occurred during the women's 100 meter dash at this weekend's Olympic trials when sprinters Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix crossed the finish line in a dead-heat, tying for third place. This makes things complicated as there are only three spots on the Olympic squad. A tie for third really messes things up.


Due to the state-of-the-art cameras (the cameras shoot at over 3,000 frames per second, usually eliminating the chance of a tie entirely), the tie was indisputable — alas, the Olympic trials don't have a tie-breaker policy in place. As a solution, Tarmoh and Felix have been given the choice of deciding the winner through a coin toss or by competing in a two-person run-off. Neither woman is expected to make her decision until both compete for a place in the Olympic 200 meter race later this week.

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