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Jeneba Tarmoh gets spot on US relay team

Thursday - 8/9/2012, 2:37pm  ET

LONDON (AP) - The woman who gave up her spot to Allyson Felix in the individual 100 meters after a dead heat for third place at the U.S. trials is set to run the second leg on the American team in the Olympic 4x100 relay qualifying Thursday night.

Jeneba Tarmoh joined Tianna Madison, Bianca Knight and Lauryn Williams on the relay squad for the opening round.

Tarmoh and Felix, who won the 200-meter gold Wednesday night in London, tied for third in the 100 trial at Eugene, Ore., in late June. USA Track and Field didn't have a rule to break such a tie and came up with a system on the fly, even raising the possibility of deciding the Olympic berth with a coin flip.

In the end, the two sprinters were going to have a runoff, but Tarmoh withdrew hours beforehand, ceding the spot to Felix.


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