EUGENE, Ore. — This time, there was no dead heat.
Allyson Felix ran a lifetime-best 21.69 seconds in the 200-meter final on a rain-soaked track Saturday night. She easily pulled away from the field, no signs of the stress from the last week weighing her down.
Still to be determined is her fate in the 100 meters. Felix and training partner Jeneba Tarmoh finished in a third-place tie last Saturday.
They’re soon going to announce their plans for breaking the tie. But not right now, said Tarmoh, who finished a distant fifth.
Felix was too busy celebrating and soaking up the moment.
Carmelita Jeter finished 0.42 seconds behind and Sanya Richards-Ross even farther back in third to round out the London-bound team.
Now, it’s decision time. So many questions await Felix and Tarmoh.
At the top of the list, and the one everyone is waiting to hear, is what way will they choose to break the tie: A one-race runoff or a flip of the coin? There’s always the possibility that Felix simply surrenders the spot to Tarmoh, because she’s already safely into the Olympics in the 200.
On top of that there’s this: When will the race take place and where will it be held?
“I’m going to give her space,” Tarmoh said. “We’re going to sit down together, because it’s in both of our interests.”
In a 100-meter race that’s usually over in 11 seconds, the outcome has lingered for more than 168 hours.
Felix and Tarmoh will now turn their attention to breaking this tie.
They have until the end of trials today to officially make a decision, but there might be some wiggle room. The US Olympic Committee doesn’t officially need the list of names for the squad until Tuesday.
That’s why their coach, Bobby Kersee, has been pushing for a Tuesday runoff race.
This way, when they step back on the track, they’ll at least have fresh legs.
As it is, both are eligible to be selected to the Olympic 400-meter relay team.
In other events, Aries Merritt posted the best time in the world this year in the 110 hurdles, winning in 12.93 seconds.
The seventh day of the event started with Trevor Barron’s American record in the men’s 20,000-meter race walk. He finished in 1 hour, 23 minutes.
JAMAICAN TRIALS: In Kingston, Jamaica, the stage is set for Blake vs. Bolt, Part II.
Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake each won their 200-meter heats at Jamaican Olympic trials to advance to the final, where Blake will try to make it 2 for 2 against the world-record holder. Blake ran the 100 meters in 9.75 seconds Friday night to beat Bolt by 0.11.