Yesterday, June 24’th, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials women’s 100 meter finals race, everyone witnessed the most despicable display of corporate greed and injustice to an athlete that has come along in a very long time!
The race was stacked with amazing talent, Carmelita Jeter, Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, and any of the 8 women running had a good chance of qualifying for the 2012 USA Olympic team heading to London where the Olympics are being held later this summer. Only the top 3 finishers make the Olympic team.
Allyson Felix without any question was one of the favorites, and the most well known due to many large corporate sponsors. She has some of the largest endorsement deals in all sports and arguably the largest figure today in all of Track & Field in the world. She had been promoted as the face of USA 2012 Olympics.
Only one thing, no-one told all this to little known runner Jeneba Tarmoh!
As the race unfolded, Carmelita Jeter won the race solidly with a time of 10.92 and Tianna Madison came in second in a time of 10.96. There would be only one spot left on the Olympic team if Allyson was going to make the team.
Termoh and Felix were stride for stride coming to the finish line and crossed in a photo finish. Who would get 3’rd place and the final spot on the Olympic team would now come down to the computerized photo finish automated system. A few moments passed and the scoreboard posted the third place finisher and it was Jeneba Tarmoh by 0.001 seconds. Such a narrow margin, but a margin no doubt!
Oh but wait! This can’t be true! What are all the sponsors going to do? They’ve already printed all the point of purchase displays with Allyson Felix and the Olympic rings. What is NBC Broadcasting going to do with all the commercials they’ve already filmed with Allyson in them? What is Track & Field going to do without Allyson Felix?
Wait for it…wait for it…wait for it….That’s right, lets over-rule the computerized finish and study that finish photo ourselves!
What a crock of SH*T! They declared the race a tie! They reversed the computers ruling and decided to continue to line their pockets with Money! WTF?
Is this how we now decide our professional sports games and races!?
Apparently so! What a disgrace USATF!
Now they are talking about having a “Run Off”. This is completely unfair to Jeneba Tarmoh who ran the race of her life! The chances of her duplicating or bettering her time is 50/50. The odds of Allyson Felix having a better race is pretty much about 90%. This is very unfair to Jeneba and a sickening display of GREED!
You make me sick USATF (United States Track & Field)!
** Note: Both Jeneba and Allyson are competing in the upcoming 200 meter race.
** Note: I believe the top 4 finishers make the 4 x 100m relay team.
** Note: Allyson and Jeneba are training partners under Bob Kersey
** Note: Jeneba and Allyson are both Nike sponsored athletes.