Shaunae Miller might be feeling a little sore this morning, but her cuts and bruises won’t take long to heal.
On the other hand, she’ll be an Olympic gold medalist forever following her epic victory in the women’s 400m final on Monday.
The Bahamian athlete took gold ahead of American world champions Allyson Felix with an unorthodox dive right at the death. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Miller, thanks to her audacious finish, crossed the line in a time of 49.44 seconds.
Felix, meanwhile, came in at 49.51 seconds ahead of Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, who took bronze.
Video: Miller dives to win gold
Miller: It was just a reaction
"The only thing I was thinking was the gold medal and the next thing I know I was on the ground," Miller, 22, told BBC Sport. "It was just a reaction.
"I've never done it before. I have cuts and bruises, a few burns."
Miller, who finished second to Felix at the World Championships in Beijing last year, added: "I don't know what happened.
"My mind just went blank. I heard my mom screaming. When I heard her screaming, I was like, 'OK, I had to have won the race'.
"It is such an emotional moment for me. Before I came into the race I told myself, 'This is the moment I've been waiting for' and I just gave it my all."
Miller's coach: She didn't mean it
Miller’s coach, Lance Brauman, believes she didn’t mean to dive across the finish line.
"She gave everything she had and her legs gave out at the line,” he commented. “It was not intentional."
Reaction on Twitter
Here’s how Twitter has reacted to Miller’s dive…
Some have accused her of cheating...
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