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7 most incredibly unexpected finishes in Olympic history

Though each Olympic finish is impressive in its own right, throughout the years there have been some truly magical and downright unexpected moments in the games. 

In one of the most talked about races of the 2016 Rio Olympics, track and field star Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas managed to take home the gold for the women's 400-meter final after one of the most impressive finishes we've ever seen. 

In the last seconds of the extremely close race, Miller dove across the finish line at 49.44 seconds, beating Team USA's Allyson Felix, who finished at 49.51 seconds.

From taking last-second leads like Miller to persevering in the face of injuries, Olympic athletes have shown an extraordinary amount of determination, hard work and fortitude while trying to bring home the gold. 

In the 1960 Olympics in Rome, not only did Ethiopian Abebe Bikila become the first East African to win an Olympic medal, but he ran the men's marathon and finished first while barefoot. Talk about impressive.

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, British track and field star Derek Redmond had an extremely emotional and memorable finish. While running the 400-meter semifinal, Redmond tore his hamstring. Redmond's father came down from the stands to help his determined son cross the finish line.

The women's 100-meter final in the 1992 Barcelona Games was one of the closest track races in Olympic history. Five runners — Team USA's Gail Devers and Gwen Torrence, Russia's Irina Privalova, and Jamaica's Julie Cuthbert and Merlene Ottey — ran across the finish line at almost the exact same time, causing intense confusion and deliberation among officials. After carefully reviewing slow-motion footage, Devers was awarded first place, and Ottey — who finished less than 1/10th of a second later — received fifth place.

At the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Kerri Strug, a member of the U.S. women's gymnastics team (affectionally known as the "Magnificent Seven"), competed despite having severely injured her ankle. A dedicated Strug performed her vault routine with the injury, landing on one foot and winning gold for the United States.

Steven Bradbury achieved one of the luckiest and most unexpected gold medals in Olympic history. While competing in the short track speed skating event in Salt Lake City's 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the Australian athlete went from last place to first place right before the end of the race. Thanks to a mistake that caused his four competitors — China's Li Jiajun, Canada's Mathieu Turcotte, Korea's Ahn Hyun-soo, and Apolo Ohno of the United States — to fall, Bradbury was left to cross the finish line alone and take home the gold.

Out of Michael Phelps' 23 Olympic gold medals, his seventh, won in the 2008 Beijing Olympics men's 100-meter butterfly, is one of his most memorable. Phelps managed to out-touch Serbia's Milorad Cavic by 0.01 seconds, setting an Olympic record time of 50:58.

During the men's 10,000-meter race in Rio this year, Great Britain's Mo Farah took an unfortunate fall while running. Much to everyone's surprise, Farah was able to recover from his tumble and ended up winning his second consecutive Olympic gold for the event.

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