Olympic Runner’s Dive Causes Controversy On The Internet
Bahamian runner Shaunae Miller clutched the gold medal in the women’s 400-meter race, beating Team USA’s Allyson Felix. But it was the way that she did it that really stirred up the conversation. Miller stumbled, then dove in for the finish line.
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“I just tried to give all I had,” Miller told USA Today. “I didn’t have more to give. The only thing going through my mind was, I have to get the gold medal.” Miller added that she totally blacked out during that key moment. “I don’t know kind of what happened,” she said. “My mind went blank. The only thing I was thinking was the gold medal and the next thing I was on the ground.”
Miller’s dive has caused quite the controversy on social media. Some say that divers should stick to the swimming pool, while others say that she should be praised for stopping at nothing to reach her goals. The accusations of cheating seemed endless, but let us take a look at what the rules are before making any judgments:
According to NBC, the rule is that “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.”
Nothing in the rules says that you need to be upright while crossing the finish line.