UPDATED: Today, 11:30 a.m.:
Jeneba Tarmoh has withdrawn herself from consideration for one of three Olympic Team positions in the women’s 100 meters, USA Track and Field announced today in a statement.
In an email forwarded to USATF President Stephanie Hightower at 9:37 a.m. Pacific Time by her agent, Kimberly Holland, Tarmoh said, “I Jeneba Tarmoh have decided to decline my 3rd place position in the 100m dash to Allyson Felix. I understand that with this decision I am no longer running the 100m dash in the Olympic Games and will be an alternate for the event. As an alternate I understand that I will be asked to run if another 100m runner decides not to for personal reasons, and/or on the 4x100m relay.”
In a Sunday afternoon meeting with their coach, managers and USATF officials, the athletes agreed to break their third-place 100 meter dash tie in a run-off, which was to be held this afternoon in Eugene.
“We are disappointed that Jeneba has changed her mind regarding her position on the Olympic Team,” Hightower said. “We all worked hard to reach a consensus on the tiebreaker, but we know that Allyson, Carmelita and Tianna will represent Team USA well.”
The Associated Press reported earlier today that Holland sent the email announcing Tarmoh’s withdrawl.
Felix already has qualified in the 200 after winning that race Saturday. Tarmoh is eligible to run in the Olympic 400 relay.
What could be Tarmoh’s next move? Taking the USATF to court? Deadspin.com already offering up the appropriate speculation needed to further the story in this day in age (linked here).