Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas won an Olympic medal in the women’s 400m at the ongoing Olympics. But her win was immediately met with controversy on social media platform, Twitter.
It is not because she broke a record whiles winning or that she won by a mile. She won by a dive.
Having started well from the blocks, the Bahamian athlete led the pack till she stumbled with about two sprints to cross the line. Then she dived. With that she ‘crossed’ the finish line with her hands ahead of the United States’ Allyson Felix.
Miller completed with 49.44 seconds. Allyson Felix followed with 49.51 whiles the bronze place was taken by Jamaica’s Shericka Johnson in a time of 49.85 seconds. The visibly elated athlete burst into tears when she realized that she had been given the gold medal.
Just then, Twitter also burst with reactions. The good, the funny and of course the controversial.
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MVP (@RushDeron) August 16, 2016
Congratulations to the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller who picks up a gold medal in the 1/2 meter dive. pic.twitter.com/HMPGgkxUas— Kevin Hayslett (@atty2thestars) August 16, 2016
Wanna win gold in the Olympics? Dive for it. Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas did just that! pic.twitter.com/2DvA0hhRnM— SteveStacyJeff (@SteveStacyJeff) August 16, 2016
How bad do you want it? In this photo Bahamas goes for a dive pic.twitter.com/XbOakYz5cg— Physics Coach (@etterk32) August 16, 2016