We have heard it countless times that everything is fair in Love and War. Many people just heard it and forget but very few applied it. What’s wrong if Miller applied this proverb in her 400m race in Rio Olympics? She played fair and won the “Gold” Medal.
Miller found best way to win in Rio
You must be seeing lot of posts and tweets about Miller’s dive now-a-days. If you have no clue why people are going crazy, then this article is for you.
RIO Olympics 2016 – 57 women from different countries have participated in 400m Race. Out of all, eight women made for Finals match. Shaunae Miller from Bahamas and Allyson Felix from United States were the two women in the top.
Miller literally dove at the finish line and beat Felix in the Rio race. This is where all begins.
When Miller discovered a new and best way to win by diving at the finish line, everyone got mixed reactions. Unites states fans got angry and raised their voices against Miller. They said this is cheating and diving isn’t allowed in the race. Not only fans, Michael Johnson who has won various gold medals said diving is a bad strategy.
While on the other hand, Bahamas and Miller’s fans said this is purely fair and she didn’t cheat. It is just her strategy which she used at that crucial moment. She could have lost the race if this slows her down. What matters is how you played and how you managed in the game.
There are many tweets related to this. I have consolidated few of them:
These all are just few reactions which people showed on this event. But, question still remains the same. Would this new strategy is fair or not? If you were at her’s place then you would not raise this question.
Obviously, different people have different opinions and reactions. The final decision would be from NBC Olympics. This is what they said :
The finish: The first athlete whose torso (as distinguished from the head, neck, arms, legs, hands or feet) reaches the vertical plane of the closest edge of the finish line is the winner.
Now coming to the race. As per NBC graphic, Miller’s Torso was ahead of Felix. Below is the Graphic showed from NBC Sports.
Because when Miller was interviewed, she clearly said that “I don’t know what happened. My mind just went blank. The only thing I was thinking (about) was the gold medal, and the next thing I know, I was on the ground“.
Anyways, its not the first time that runner dove to win the race. There are many like her and stood for their position. If it is legal for them, then why not for Miller?
Below is the case of Brazilian runner Joao Vitor de Oliveira in Rio 2016 and he also dove across the finish line and stood his fourth position.
Another example is from David Neville in 2008. He also did the same what miller did. But there was no such obligations and questions raised for him.
They all dived at exactly right moment and that’s why they won the race. This is the end.