RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil August 16, 2015 (CMC) – Shaunae Miller executed a desperate dive at the line to edge world champion, Allyson Felix, in a dramatic finish to the women’s 400 metres final.
She clinched victory, to hand the Bahamas its first individual Olympic gold medal in 12 years, and only the nation’s third overall here, Monday night.
The 22-year-old came off the final turn in front of the field, only for the American Felix to surge alongside her and eke out a small lead with 50 metres to run. They dueled to the finish, stride for stride, before Miller expectedly put in a sensational low lunge to snatch the narrowest of victories.
She clocked a personal best 49.44 seconds, while Felix, seeking a record fifth Olympic gold, was stunned into second, in a season-best time of 49.51.
Jamaican Shericka Jackson finished with bronze in a time of 49.85.