July 2, 2012 / 6:37 PM / 7 years ago

Tarmoh pulls out of Olympic runoff

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Jeneba Tarmoh has withdrawn from Monday’s scheduled 100 meters third place runoff against Allyson Felix for a place on the U.S. Olympics team, her agent Kimberly Holland told Reuters.

“She will not run the race today,” Holland said in a brief telephone conversation.

Tarmoh and training partner Felix had been due to run on Monday after a dead head in the 100 meter final at the Olympic trials on June 23.

USA Track & Field officials said Tarmoh had conceded her 100 meters team spot to Felix.

Tarmoh was originally named as the winner of the final 100 place on the U.S. team for the London Games but officials declared a dead heat after reviewing the photo finish.

“I was robbed, I went to bed so happy then I woke up to do something that I did not want to do at all,” Tarmoh told reporters on Sunday after USA Track & Field (USATF) announced there would be a runoff.

“I was pushed into a corner. They said if you don’t make a decision you give your spot up.”

Neither Felix or coach Bob Kersee could be reached for immediate comment on Monday.

The tie had to be broken because a nation can have only three entrants in each event at the Olympics.

Olympic 200 meters silver medalist Felix already is on the team in that event and she and Tarmoh are both in the 4x100 meters relay pool

Editing by John Mehaffey

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