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July 6, 2012

Track and field takes big hit with Tarmoh decision

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NORMAN —

In other words, she was afraid to compete. It’s almost impossible to see it in any other light. Felix will now race in both the 100 and 200 in London.

Whether Tarmoh felt she had actually won the event or not, by Sunday it was irrelevant. A new challenge had presented itself and she had a choice to either take it on or run away. Sadly, she chose wrong.

“Running in this (runoff) came down to how I felt internally. Would my heart be at peace running or would I not be at peace? If I was at peace, I would have run,” Tarmoh told The Associated Press on Monday night. “My heart was not at peace with running.”

NBC had planned to broadcast the event world wide during its coverage of the Olympic swimming trials.

Tarmoh had a chance to make a name for herself. She could have been the face of the Olympic track team in London if she had won. But she threw it away.

“I feel very good about my decision,” Tarmoh said. “Most people don’t understand why. But I’m not here to explain anything,” Tarmoh said. “I’m saying I’m at peace.”

While Tarmoh may say she is at peace, the ones who should be upset are USA Track and Field. The controversy had unintentionally shined a light on women’s track that has been missing since the days of Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Florence Griffin Joyner.

“We could have had an epic moment here for the sport,” said Stephanie Hightower, the president of USA Track and Field. “But it didn’t happen.”

 

Michael Kinney 366-3537 mkinney@normantranscript.com

 

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