In one of the more exciting races of the Olympics, former Duck Phyllis Francis finished fifth in a women’s 400 meter final that featured a diving finish.
Francis lined up next to one of the greatest sprinters in the world, Allyson Felix, for her first ever Olympic final.
The runners in the outside lanes surged to a blistering start, and Francis had no answer. Instead, the race was between Felix and Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas. In the end, Miller fought off a surging Allyson Felix and dove across the finish line to win the gold.
That’s definitely one way to win gold: pic.twitter.com/FOKcnqOzfU— SB Nation (@SBNation) August 16, 2016
As expected, the official finish line timing photo was pretty epic.
Got her by a hand. LITERALLY. #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/qcrf69xEWG— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 16, 2016
Francis finished in 50.41 seconds, which was a tenth of a second slower than her qualifying time to reach the final.
All in all, the US got three of the top five finish spots with Felix in second, Natasha Hastings in fourth and Francis in fifth.