The 2016 Rio Olympics has had its share of controversies, be it finger-wagging or doping allegations. The latest in the slew of Olympic scandals is Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller, who has been accused of cheating, after she dove towards the finish line. For all the eager track and field fans who are Googling terms like, “Shaunae Miller dive video,” “Shaunae Miller video,” “Shaunae Miller dive,” “Shaunae Miller cheated,” “Shaunae Miller diving,” and “watch online,” don’t worry; you’ve come to the right place! We’ll tell you everything you want to know about the 400m Olympic gold medalist.
The 22-year-old runner, defeated six-time Olympic medalist and reigning world champion, 30-year-old Allyson Felix. The Bahamian finished the race horizontally, in a way by which many considered using unfair means. The 6’1″ tall racer, had a headstart over American competitor Felix, but drew a lot of criticism over whether she deserved the gold over Felix.
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Over the course of her extensive Olympics career, Allyson Felix has won 13 world medals, and has been given the nickname “chicken legs” for her lean build. Jamaican Shericka Jackson came in third place to claim the bronze medal, followed by two Americans, Natasha Hastings and Phyllis Francis in fourth and fifth place respectively.
The question on everyone’s mind is whether Miller dove intentionally, or it was an act of impulsive after her legs refused to support her anymore. She confessed that she didn’t know what happened either. “I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I am lying on the ground right now.’ I don’t know what happened. My mind just went blank. I heard my mom screaming. When I heard her screaming, I was like, ‘OK, I had to have won the race.'”
So why did she do it in the first place? Well, she has no answer. “When I was on the ground I didn’t know I’d won, I still don’t know how it happened. What was in my mind was I had to get a gold medal. The next thing I was on the ground.” She drew mixed responses from viewers, some praising her spirit while others are alleging that she cheated.
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The stunt cost Miller a few injuries, but hey, no pain, no gain. She gushed excitedly, “It’s such an amazing feeling. My coaches were so pumped. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for; I just gave it my all. I’ve never done it before. I have cuts and bruises, a few burns – but, hey, I got a medal out of it.”
Miller’s coach Lance Brauman defended her actions and dispelled any rumors of cheating by saying, “She gave everything she had, and her legs gave out at the line. It was not intentional.”
Naturally, Felix was devastated. She said she was feeling, “disappointment,” as she valiantly fought back tears. She finished in 49.51 and exclaimed emotionally, “It’s been a tough one, and I really hoped it would come together tonight. I just gave it all I had; I don’t think I had anything left to give. I feel emotionally and physically drained at this moment. I really wanted it; it’s painful.”