Tarmoh had been cryptically tweeting throughout the week about her frustrations with USA Track & Field, suggesting that a snub was in the making. She had expected to be on the finals team, either in Allyson Felix's or Bianca Knight's spot.
When she watched her teammates set the world record -- from a TV in the Olympic Village -- she texted a reaction to SI's track expert Tim Layden. "It's a bittersweet feeling,'' she told him. "I'm happy the team got gold and broke the world record, but I wish I could have contributed more by running the leg I deserved.''
Did Tarmoh deserve the leg? To believe that, you have to think that athletes deserve anything they don't earn.
So did she earn a spot (or get "jobbed," as Deadspin says)? Not even close.
1. The women broke a 27-year-old world record. It's hard to say that the right team wasn't in place, particularly on a squad with so much history of bad baton passes.
2. Layden notes that the same women put together a dominating performance at the Penn Relays earlier this year.
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3. Tarmoh likely lost any benefit of the doubt when she bailed on the high-profile run-off with Felix. It was heavily hyped for a prime-time broadcast on NBC and she canceled hours before she was set to race. Even if it didn't lead to an intentional freeze-out, Tarmoh's move couldn't have earned her any goodwill.
Tarmoh receives a gold medal for her work in the 4x100 heats.
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