So I printed it out (enlarged) from the annual electronic Annual Issue and drew a vertical line thru the front of their (visible) torsos and it is indeed a dead heat, BUT . . .
the foremost parts of both torsos are occluded by their heads. I seem to remember that, as the story goes, the photo-reader did what he usually did, extrapolated their torsos and decided that Tarmoh's torso "must" be further ahead and put his reticle where her torso 'must' (anatomy being what it is) begin. It's obvious in the picture that, since Tarmoh's right arm is forward (Felix's is straight up), the front of her torso/shoulder joint 'must' be ahead of Felix's (seems obvious to me that this 'must' be true), hence she gets 3rd place. But, then the reader second-guessed himself since an examination of the photo would reveal that, as far as can be SEEN, the tie exists and that his 'extrapolation' wouldn't stand up to an appeal.
So my question is, is that how it went down, and was their no reverse-angle photo that could show who really was ahead?
If these television views are similar to the views the outside reverse angle finish line camera provided, I can understand how it probably wasn't helpful, even if the finish line camera was at a slightly higher point.
Marlow wrote:I'm not sure how that could be . . . the arm itself occluded the torso?
Felix was blocking Tarmoh, I think.
Correct. From the "fans side" camera, Felix's arm is blocking the view.
From the infield side, Tarmoh's head is blocking the potion of her torso/shoulder that many think is clearly ahead of Felix. This is the photo where the whole interpolation came into play if i'm correct.
Looking at the photos again though, they both probably should have just ran through the tape or actually leaned. They gained no advantage with the positions they are in at the line...