With the help of the race of her life that included a last-gasp diving effort for the finish line, Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas upset one of the United States' greatest runners, Allyson Felix, at the Rio Olympics.
Miller led as the pair of sprinters hit the final straightaway in the 400-meter final on Monday night. As Felix closed in, the Bahamian leaned for and stretched her body over the line for an unconventional win, 49.44 seconds to 49.51.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 16, 2016
"I was just focusing on myself," Felix, 30, said after being asked about Miller's dive.
"I gave it everything I had," she continued. "It's deeply disappointing. I'm a competitor."
Felix's American teammate Natasha Hastings wasn't so surprised by the 22-year-old Miller's soon-to-be iconic lunge for the line.
"I did it myself twice this year," she said. "I dove [at the U.S. Olympic trials] for my spot here. And I did it in indoor nationals as well.
"You do what you've got to do to get over the line."
Miller's memory of the moment is still fuzzy.
“I don’t know kind of what happened,” Miller said. “My mind went blank. The only thing I was thinking was the gold medal and the next thing I was on the ground.”
Felix has four Olympic gold medals to her credit, and her silver in the 400-meter is her third, dating back to the 2004 Games in Athens.
As with any wildly unexpected outcome in primetime, Twitter was chock full of interesting reactions to the race.
Me when the sample pizza bagels come out of the toaster oven at Costco pic.twitter.com/cYFtyhQmmP
— jay caspian kang (@jaycaspiankang) August 16, 2016
"You mean I could've DOVE????" pic.twitter.com/lUJPDjfsjn
— Mookie Betts (@Trap_Jesus) August 16, 2016
— Steve McPherson (@steventurous) August 16, 2016
When you submit a paper on Turnitin at 11:59 pm pic.twitter.com/bz3uhbIMPn
— Parm (@KingFavre) August 16, 2016
Never slide head-first into first base, but in 400 meters, maybe you'll win.
— Rob Zerwekh (@zerwekh) August 16, 2016
Miller/Felix was the best desperate foot race since this classic pic.twitter.com/Dngd51n6mG
— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) August 16, 2016
yuk yuk yuk you wily internet comedians!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/W8KLwc9pnw
— Claire McNear (@claire_mcnear) August 16, 2016
Yall are too fast pic.twitter.com/N215iCxdc6
— ROAST™ (@TheBestRoasts) August 16, 2016