Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller, 22 on Monday night, dove over the finish line to grab gold in the 400m women’s final at Rio Olympics.
Shaunae had been leading for the first half of the race but U.S.A.’s Allyson Felixcaught up in the last few steps.
Just when it was almost certain that Felix would win the game, Miller lunged face-first over the finish line, breaking the plane just 0.07 seconds before Felix and landing face down.
She even skinned her knees, but that was nothing compared to an Olympic gold.
Speaking after her win, the Bahamian said:
I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I am lying on the ground right now.’ I don’t know what happened. My mind just went blank. I heard my mom screaming. When I heard her screaming, I was like, ‘OK, I had to have won the race’.
It’s such an amazing feeling. My coaches were so pumped. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for; I just gave it my all. I’ve never done it before. I have cuts and bruises, a few burns – but, hey, I got a medal out of it.
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