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Olympic Games: Shaunae Miller Receives Medal; But Tough Night In 200m, High Jump, Long Jump

Donald Thomas reacts during the men's high jump final. (AP)

Donald Thomas reacts during the men's high jump final. (AP)

10.15pm: Shaunae Miller speaks to Brent Stubbs after receiving her gold medal:

http://youtu.be/Hx_pXzFxm20

10.10pm: So no medals for Trevor Barry or Donald Thomas in the high jump. Ty'Nia Gaither bows out in the 200m semis and Bianca Stuart doesn't advance in the long jump.

But on Wednesday, Pedrya Seymour takes to the track in the women's 100m hurdles semi-final one at 7.45pm.

9.05pm: An eighth place finish for Ty'Nia Gaither in the 200m semi-final one - with a time of 23.45.

9.00pm: Ty'Nia Gaither is now up in lane one in the women's 200m semi-final.

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Bianca Stuart competes in the long jump. (AP)

8.50pm: Bianca Stuart's third attempt in the long jump reaches 6.39. Her best jump of 6.45 won't be enough to qualify. And Donald Thomas hasn't managed to clear 2.33 on his third attempt in the high jump final. So no medals or qualification from Thomas, Barry or Stuart tonight.

8.45pm: Donald Thomas has now had two attempts at 2.33 without success. Meanwhile, in the women's long jump, Bianca Stuart's second attempt stands at 5.40. Her first leap was 6.45.

8.40pm: Donald Thomas doesn't manage to clear 2.33 on his first attempt.

8.25pm: Donald Thomas has cleared 2.29 - but Trevor Barry hasn't managed to in three attempts. And in the women's long jump qualifying group A - Bianca Stuart has jumped 6.45 and is currently sitting seventh in the group.

7.55pm: Both high jumpers have now cleared 2.25.

7.45pm: Donald Thomas has also cleared 2.20 in the men's high jump final - so far, so good for Team Bahamas tonight.

7.38pm: The men's high jump final is now underway with two members of Team Bahamas - Trevor Barry and Donald Thomas – taking part. Trevor Barry has cleared 2.20 at his first attempt.

7.28pm: The 400m champion is all smiles as the Bahamian national anthem plays in the Olympic stadium.

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Gold medalist Shaunae Miller, centre, silver medalist Allyson Felix of the USA, left, and bronze medalist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica hold their 400m medals in Rio. (AP)

7.25pm: Shaunae Miller is now on the podium and has received her gold medal from fellow Bahamian golden girl Pauline Davis-Thompson.

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From left, Bahamas' Shavez Hart, Jamaica's Yohan Blake, United States' Ameer Webb, and South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana compete in a men's 200-metre heat. (AP)

3.10pm: The full story of Pedrya Seymour's 100m hurdles qualification is now online HERE.

And Brent Stubbs speaks to the men's 200m competitors HERE.

12.05pm: After last night's triumph in the 400m final - Shaunae Miller spoke to The Tribune's Brent Stubbs:

http://youtu.be/ZrBsi1hs4bw

11.15am: Teray Smith finishes sixth in heat four with 20.66.

11.00am: Not a great start for Team Bahamas in the men's 200m heats. Demetrius Pinder was disqualified in heat one and Shavez Hart finished seventh in heat two with a time of 20.74. Teray Smith still to run.

10.30am: Pedrya Seymour has qualified for the women's 100m hurdles semifinal. She finished third in heat two with a time of 12.85 - behind the USA's Nia Ali (12.76) and Canada's Phylicia George (12.76).

9.25am: If you've managed to catch your breath after all of last night's drama, here is the schedule for Team Bahamas at the Olympic Games today:

10:05 am EST - Pedrya Seymour, women's 100m hurdles heats.

10:50 am EST - Shavez Hart, Demetrius Pinder and Teray Smith, men's 200m heats.

7:30 pm EST - Trevor and Donald Thomas at No.10 and No.13 respectively in the men's high jump final.

8:05 pm EST - Bianca Stuart - Women's long jump qualifying.

9 pm - Ty'Nia Gaither, women's 200m semi-final.

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Shaunae Miller on the ground after winning the 400m final. (AP)

And HERE, gold medal winner Shaunae Miller reflects on that thrilling 400m final.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 5 years, 3 months ago

Re-post: As regards Miller's gold medal, the following irrefutable facts are easy to understand:

1) Miller won the Gold under the current rules, i.e her torso was first to cross the finish line, and all Bahamians should be proud of her "dive-to-win" at all costs effort.

2) Felix "ran" the faster race from the stand point of her legs and feet crossing the finish line first with full control of the forward cycling motion of her legs and feet.

3) The current rule of "first torso to cross the finish line" exists only because at one time runners had to actually run through a winning tape that spanned across the finish line.

4) Sprinters and other short distance runners start their race the instant their trailing foot leaves the starting block; it therefore stands to reason in the minds of many today that the race should be won by the runner whose forward foot crosses the finish line first.

5) Notwithstanding the very reasonable reasoning in 4) above, the track world remains reluctant to change the "torso rule" to a "forward foot rule" simply because there is no real way of re-calibrating the historical winning times for comparison purposes and all future winning times would be longer across all races.

6) Coaches and trainers naturally train their track stars to give it their all, endure as much pain as possible and have a win at all costs mindset.

7) A dive at the finish line at the right moment in a close race (whether deliberate or unintentional) clearly could make the difference between winning and placing.

8) Unless the current "torso rule" is changed, and because of 6) and 7) above, coaches and trainers will be working more than ever with their track stars in an effort to perfect their "dive-to-win" technique in the right circumstances; hence we can all expect to see more use of the "dive-to-win" in close races.

9) Because of 8) above and the inherent possibility of serious injury, the track world would be wise to either change the "torso rule" to a "forward foot rule" or place a well cushioned mat immediately after the finish line shortly before the winning runner crosses it.

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