When you imagine soaring across the finish line, you probably envision a scene from “Chariots of Fire” – pure elegance. Whilst Shaunae Miller from the Bahamas still managed to bag the gold in last night’s 400m final, grace isn’t exactly what comes to mind.
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Instead, Miller took a huge penalty-seeking footballer-style dive across the finish line, beating the American world champion Allyson Felix by just 0.07 seconds.
Sure, Felix’s silver medal still made her the most decorated woman in track and field with seven Olympic medals, but it was Miller who really broke the Internet.
For some, Miller’s dive was all too relatable in their day-to-day lives.
Me trying to save the semester every time. #ShaunaeMiller #Olympics pic.twitter.com/XbqbPjm6R1
— 9GAG (@9GAG) August 16, 2016
When your phone is at 1 % and you finally found an outlet ð #Rio2016 #ShaunaeMiller pic.twitter.com/xihjEFfVrj
— Sxnke (@sxnke) August 16, 2016
When your mother said be home before the streetlights come on and you just make it in the door #ShaunaeMiller pic.twitter.com/ht5nTUuAKy
— Kapo Sports (@BigKapo121) August 16, 2016
Some people were pretty sure they’d seen the move elsewhere.
Shaunae Miller winning gold medals like pic.twitter.com/UDMDGtSI5v
— Ira Madison III (@ira) August 16, 2016
Shaunae Miller be like… #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/4hess5nJfE
— Kevin Liao (@RunLiao) August 16, 2016
Here's a replay of the Shaunae Miller and Allyson Felix photo finish in the 400mð #Rio2016 #TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/z9EYkRrQ0r
— Bryant Clements (@Bryandini) August 16, 2016
Some people started to blur the line between sports.
Okay, that's laying it on the line to win a gold medal. A perfect dive executed without water. #shaunaemiller
— Mike Wilson (@mWilstory) August 16, 2016