What a horrible disaster! As the U.S. women competed in the 4x100m relay qualifiers on Aug. 18, Allyson Felix dropped the baton while trying to pass it to English Gardner! Is this the end for the Americans’ dreams of a gold medal?
It’s the worst thin that could happen during a relay race: dropping the baton. Such a nightmare became true for Allyson Felix, 30. The U.S. track and field runner failed to pass the stick to her teammate, English Gardner, 24, during the 4x100m relay. Instead of a smooth hand-off, the baton came crashing down to the ground!
Allyson said she dropped the baton after one of the Brazilian runners bumped her arm and threw her off her form, according to The New York Post. Allyson tried a last-ditch toss to English, but it was no good. Still, they picked up the baton and finished the race. Despite this failure – as a dropped baton results in a disqualification – there’s still a chance the women could win a gold medal!
As it turns out, since Allyson was allegedly bumped, this could mean that the Brazilian team technically interfered with the U.S.’s run. And since the Americans completed the race, they had a chance to file a petition to argue the results. Oh, you know they did! Allyson and English have appealed their disqualification, and there’s a good chance they could be running for the gold in the finals!
Update: The U.S. women have won their appeal. They will get a chance to re-run and attempt to qualify for the finals.
Jury of Appeal Decision
There will be a re-run for the USA at 8pm local time.
Obstructed at second exchange pic.twitter.com/leFPceLTTc
— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 18, 2016
The US women' relay team just botched the exchange, Felix to Gardiner, looked like Felix's ankle buckled. They are out. #Rio2016
— Perdita Felicien (@perditafelicien) August 18, 2016
— Stacy Albano (@StacyAlbano) August 18, 2016
The US women relay have a case here not gonna lie. Brazil did touch Allyson Felix there so there is a case.
Smart to finish the race
— Charlie Rhys Taylor (@ChilliCharlieRT) August 18, 2016
Wow. A disqualification would have been a horrible end for the women’s 4×100 relay team, as they swept the gold in London 2012, according to USA Track & Field. If they were completely shut out of the final, it would be absolutely heartbreaking, especially considering the amazing highlight that happened the night before.
Brianna Rollins, 24, Kristi Castlin, 28, and Nial Ali, 28, not only won the 100m hurdles on Aug. 17, they made history! The three Olympians placed first, second, and third, the first time that the U.S.A. swept a women’s track and field event. The glory of this victory is the complete opposite of what happened at the women’s 4x100m relay. Now, it’s up to the Olympic committee to determine if the U.S. women’s team deserves a second chance.
Do you think the Americans should have a shot at the 4x100m relay gold medal, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think that the disqualification should stand?