Tarmoh pulls out of 100 runoff with Felix –

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By Christian Petersen, Getty Images Jeneba Tarmoh, left, and Allyson Felix are scheduled to run Monday night to decide the final Olympic spot in the women's 100-meter dash.

EUGENE, Ore. – The runoff to settle a third-place tie in the women's 100 meters at the U.S.track trials is off — for now.

Sprinter Jeneba Tarmoh will not compete Monday against training partner Allyson Felix, Tarmoh's agent, Kimberly Holland, said in a text to The Associated Press.

The runoff was scheduled to be held Monday night at Hayward Field. The last spot in the event for the London Games is on the line.

Felix already has qualified in the 200 after winning that race Saturday. Tarmoh is eligible to run in the Olympic 400-meter relay.

Tarmoh reluctantly agreed to the runoff. She felt she won on the track nine days ago.

"In my heart of hearts, I just feel like I earned the third spot," she said Sunday. "I almost feel like I was kind of robbed."

Tarmoh leaned across the finish line and looked up to see her name on the scoreboard in the...

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Response from USATF
Tarmoh withdraws from women’s 100m Olympic Team

EUGENE, Ore. – Jeneba Tarmoh has withdrawn herself from consideration for one of three Olympic Team positions in the women’s 100 meters.

In an email forwarded to USATF President and Chairman Stephanie Hightower at 9:37 a.m. Pacific Time by her agent, Kimberly Holland, Tarmoh said, “I Jeneba Tarmoh have decided to decline my 3rd place position in the 100m dash to Allyson Felix. I understand that with this decision I am no longer running the 100m dash in the Olympic Games and will be an alternate for the event. As an alternate I understand that I will be asked to run if another 100m runner decides not to for personal reasons, and/or on the 4x100m relay.”

At the U.S. Olympic Team Trails – Track & Field, Tarmoh and Felix on June 23 finished in a dead heat for the third and final Olympic Team 100m position, in 11.07 seconds, behind winner Carmelita Jeter and second-place Tianna Madison. In a Sunday afternoon meeting with their coach, managers and USATF officials, the athletes agreed to break the tie via a run-off, which was to be held Monday afternoon in Eugene.

“We are disappointed that Jeneba has changed her mind regarding her position on the Olympic Team,” Hightower said. “We all worked hard to reach a consensus on the tiebreaker, but we know that Allyson, Carmelita and Tianna will represent Team USA well.”
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The runoff is almost certainly dead, at least for tonight, and from my convos this morning, I expect this to be a legal matter, very soon.
wow, I feel bad for all the people who switch their travel plans to see this.
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