photo finish


Definition of photo finish

1 : a race or finish in which contestants are so close that a photograph of them as they cross the finish line has to be examined to determine the winner
2 : a close contest

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In the men’s race, New Zealand’s Nick Willis won his fifth title in a photo finish with Great Britain’s Chris O’Hare. Anchorage Daily News, "Allie Ostrander registers a PR with 16th-place finish in 5th Avenue Mile," 8 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday, Baltas kept his hot hand and finally got his first stakes win of the meet when Two Thirty Five won in a come-from-behind photo finish over Leading Score in the Harry F. Brubaker, with favored Line Judge finishing third. San Diego Union-Tribune, "On hot streak, Baltas earns Del Mar stakes victory in Brubaker with Two Thirty Five," 21 Aug. 2019 The result was a photo finish, with Nuguse barely leaning to victory. Michael Shapiro,, "Notre Dame Runner Yared Nuguse Completes Insane Comeback for 1500m NCAA Title," 7 June 2019 Even the photo finish was created for Del Mar, by a movie tech, a stop-action trigger soon adopted around the world. Los Angeles Times, "Postcard From L.A.: Del Mar always brings out the social crowd. This year, protesters also showed up," 25 July 2019 The 19-year-old from Columbus nearly overtook Germany (gold) and Italy (silver) in a photo finish. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "No medal for David Boudia, but 5th place puts him on track for 2020 Tokyo Olympics," 22 May 2019 Tai Brown of Kentucky edges Edwards in a photo finish; both hurdlers tie the meet record., "Former Wilson High runner Alex Slenning, Oregon’s Eric Edwards star at U20 Championships: Oregon track & field rundown," 23 June 2019 Davis Love’s photo finish: Love led by one shot in the final round of the 2003 AT&T. His 5-iron tee shot on No. Ron Kroichick,, "Pebble Beach’s 10 most memorable shots, including Watson and Nicklaus at 17," 9 June 2019 Michael Norman wins his showdown with Noah Lyles in Rome; the Nike Oregon Project’s Donavan Brazier edges Nijel Amos of Oregon Track Club Elite in a photo finish in the 800., "Ducks reach for trophy as men’s action concludes today at the NCAA Championships: Oregon track & field rundown," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of photo finish

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of photo finish

: a finish in a race in which the racers are so close that the judges have to look at a photograph of the racers crossing the finish line to see who has won

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