NBC To Air USA Track & Field Women’s 100 Meter Run Off Live In East, Online Everywhere Else (Not Anymore)
Just in from NBC, in the midst of its USA Swimming Olympic Trials coverage on Monday, the last night of its primetime coverage before the Olympics later this month, the network will have the women’s 100 meter runoff from the Track & Field Trials that will determine the final spot on the team. Last week, Allyson Felix and Janeba Tarmoh finished in a dead heat for third place. After a lot of machinations whether the spot will be determined by a coin flip or a runoff, the right decision was made and a runoff will be held on Monday night in Eugene, OR. Tom Hammond and Ato Boldon will call the runoff. It will be shown Monday live in the Eastern half of the country just after 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. For those in the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones, the race will be shown on tape delay at 7 p.m. MT/8 p.m. PT, but viewers can see it live online. Details from NBC below.
Allyson Felix-Jeneba Tarmoh Run-off to Air During NBC’s Coverage of Olympic Swimming Trials Tomorrow (Monday) 8 p.m. ET/PT
Live Streaming Coverage of the Run-off Available Across the Country on NBCOlympics.com
NEW YORK – July 1, 2012 – The run-off between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh to determine the third position on the U.S. Olympic Team for the women’s 100-meters will air tomorrow night on NBC in primetime during the swimming trials broadcast.
- Coverage of the run-off, from Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., will air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. MT and 8 p.m. PT during a cut-in from the swimming trails in Omaha.
- Live streaming coverage of the race is available across the country to anyone with internet access at NBCOlympics.com.
There you have it.
UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: In a complete reversal, Janeba Tarmroh has withdrawn from the runoff preventing NBC and the American people from seeing a great finish. Instead, Tarmoh began sulking and took herself out of the runoff and any chances of running in the 100 meters at the Olympics.
We have the statement from USA Track & Field.
EUGENE, Ore. – Jeneba Tarmoh has withdrawn herself from consideration for one of three Olympic Team positions in the women’s 100 meters.
In an email forwarded to USATF President and Chairman Stephanie Hightower at 9:37 a.m. Pacific Time by her agent, Kimberly Holland, Tarmoh said,“I Jeneba Tarmoh have decided to decline my 3rd place position in the 100m dash to Allyson Felix. I understand that with this decision I am no longer running the 100m dash in the Olympic Games and will be an alternate for the event. As an alternate I understand that I will be asked to run if another 100m runner decides not to for personal reasons, and/or on the 4x100m relay.”
At the U.S. Olympic Team Trails – Track & Field, Tarmoh and Felix on June 23 finished in a dead heat for the third and final Olympic Team 100m position, in 11.07 seconds, behind winner Carmelita Jeter and second-place Tianna Madison. In a Sunday afternoon meeting with their coach, managers and USATF officials, the athletes agreed to break the tie via a run-off, which was to be held Monday afternoon in Eugene.
“We are disappointed that Jeneba has changed her mind regarding her position on the Olympic Team,” Hightower said. “We all worked hard to reach a consensus on the tiebreaker, but we know that Allyson, Carmelita and Tianna will represent Team USA well.”