Last-ditch dive wins 400m gold

GOLDEN FALL: Miller's unconventional move at the finish line worked as the Bahamian beat favourite Felix of the US to win the 400m final. It was worth the cuts, bruises and burns from taking the dive.


    Aug 17, 2016

    Last-ditch dive wins 400m gold

    DAVID Rudisha sealed a historic Olympic 800m double as Shaunae Miller's audacious dive in the 400m and Thiago Braz's pole vault gold for Brazil lit up a wet Monday night in Rio.

    Kenya's Rudisha was all class in a smooth 800m victory which made him the first man since New Zealand's Peter Snell in 1964 to win the event at consecutive Olympics.

    "It is great to win such a big competition, my second gold," Rudisha said. "It's so great. I am so excited. It is the greatest moment of my career."

    But he was soon upstaged by the Bahamas' Miller, who threw herself head-first across the line to snatch victory from flummoxed American favourite Allyson Felix.

    Miller remained lying on the track for some time after her unconventional dive, which followed a similar lunge across the line by Brazil's Joao Vitor de Oliveira to qualify from his 110m hurdles heats.

    "I've never done it before.

    "I have some cuts and bruises, a few burns.

    "It hurts," Miller said.

    "When I was on the ground I didn't know I'd won. I still don't know how it happened.

    "What was in my mind was I had to get a gold medal. The next thing I was on the ground.

    "It's an amazing feeling."

    Her last-ditch plunge meant disappointment for Felix, who has Olympic gold medals over 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m but who switched to focus on the longer distance.

    The desperate dive came on a treacherously wet night when runners clattered into hurdles and the discus slipped from hands before officials called a 20-minute suspension.