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Closest race finishes of 2017

Don't turn away at the last second or you may miss these finishes

Jaimie Phelan
Jaimie Phelan
Photo: Walt Middleton.

Sometimes, first-place finishers can enjoy the final few steps of a race if they have a gap on second place. In other instances, the winner isn’t decided until well after the race finishes as officials confer with each other analyzing the photo finish.

From the 2017 IAAF World Championships to local road races, there were some wild comebacks, or comebacks that fell just short but made for exciting finishes. Others, as you’ll see, were close but the finish was mutually agreed upon, like the recent Run Barbados Half-Marathon.

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