Jeneba Tarmoh, part of the famous 100m tie at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and the reigning U.S. 200m champion, said there’s a chance she could represent Sierra Leone at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
“I’m definitely considering it,” Tarmoh told Yahoo! Sports.
Tarmoh’s parents immigrated from Sierra Leone shortly before she was born in San Jose, Calif., in 1989. She spent about a year living in the West African nation at age 5, according to reports.
Tarmoh won the U.S. 200m title on June 29, with Olympic champion Allyson Felix not in the field.
In 2012, Tarmoh and Felix tied for third in the 100m at the Olympic Trials, where three women make the Olympic Team in the event. There were no tiebreaker procedures in place, officials determined a runoff to decide the spot, and Tarmoh ceded it to Felix rather than run.
Tarmoh still made the Olympic Team in the 4x100m relay that won gold (Tarmoh ran in the first round to earn her medal but not the final). She went on to finish fifth in the 200m at the 2013 World Championships. Felix tore her hamstring and fell to the track in the same race.
Even with the U.S. title, Tarmoh is the fifth-fastest U.S. woman in the 200m over all of 2014. She is tied for 10th-fastest in the 100m among Americans.
She would face very tough competition to make a second U.S. Olympic Team in two years.
Sierra Leone, which has never won an Olympic medal, sent two athletes to the London 2012 Games, both in track and field.