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This Epic Olympic Photo Finish Happened Four Years Ago

The 2012 London women’s Olympic triathlon that came down to a sprint finish happened four years ago this week.

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The 2012 London women’s Olympic triathlon that came down to a sprint finish happened on this date (Aug. 4) four years ago. Coming down the finish chute it was a battle between Australia’s Erin Densham, Sweden’s Lisa Norden and Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig. Densham didn’t have the sprint legs and fell off the pace quickly. Spirig established a small gap, but Norden quickly caught up. The two reached the finish line together and earned an identical finish time of 1:59:48. When the two crossed, no one was sure who had won. Eventually it was announced that a photo finish revealed Spirig had earned the gold. You can re-watch the race in its entirety here.

Spirig, Norden and Densham are all on the start list for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics (the men will compete on Aug. 18, with the women following on Aug. 20), though none of them are considered favorites to earn another medal. See the complete start lists here.