Shaunae Miller’s incredible, last-second dive at the finish line during Monday’s 400-meter event at Rio captured the Bahamian runner a gold medal.
Miller and Allyson Felix of the United States were side by side as the finish line approached and Miller’s dive propelled her to victory. It was an amazing moment. The internet, as it does, had some fun with the dive, as plenty of memes were concocted celebrating the 22-year-old’s victory.
There were those who sympathized with Felix, using the ever-popular Arthur clenched fist meme to show her disgust over losing after the dive.
Allyson Felix when she's standing next to Shaunae Miller on the podium. pic.twitter.com/M2jynMA6ve
— Michael Blackmon
There were flawless Photoshops like Miller superimposed on a Slide N Slide.
— Dynamics • £ (@theDYNAMICS) August 16, 2016
Miller’s impressive sliding ability might lend itself to an MLB career.
— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) August 16, 2016
There were comparisons made to her diving ability.
— Kevin Liao (@RunLiao) August 16, 2016
Miller’s dive was reminiscent of trying to get to a club before they start charging cover.
When the club free before 11 and its 10:59 pic.twitter.com/rmCBqHqUyh
— Smeezy Tarantino (@Smeezy_904) August 16, 2016
Maybe Pokemon was involved?
so i figured out why shaunae miller dove pic.twitter.com/9ca3yfzyeQ
— Russ Bengtson (@russbengtson) August 16, 2016
Finally, Miller’s diving skills were put to good use in the muddy, green waters of the Rio Olympics diving pool.
— William Hill Aus (@WillHillAus) August 16, 2016
Miller’s incredible finish was something we’ve never seen before. Diving at the finish line rarely leads to victory, but her last-second effort helped her win the gold medal. Being a new meme is part of the glory that comes with winning a sports event in a miraculous way. Welcome to the spotlight, Miller. You’ll be memed for months to come.