The U.S. men didn’t want a repeat of the 4×100’s team disaster when it came to the 4×400 race on Aug. 20. Anchored by LaShawn Merritt, Team USA flawlessly ran their hearts out, passed the baton beautifully and eventually blasted past the finish line first, earning the gold medal and Olympic glory!
The American men’s 4×400 relay team of LaShawn Merritt, Arman Hall, Tony McQuay and Gil Roberts were going to be extra careful when it came to handing off the batons, especially after watching the men’s 4×100 relay team getting stripped of their bronze medal Aug. 19 after they had a baton infraction between the first and second runner. They had to heartbreakingly having to hand their medals over the Canada, but that wasn’t going to happen this time around with a new team of runners. The 4×400 was a totally different story, as the guys held off the Jamaican squad who came on strong despite not having any superstars like Usain Bolt, who led them to victory in the 4×100.
The Americans led the race the entire time and only had to worry about the Jamaicans who were hot on their heels. With a winning time of 2:57.30 the Americans struck gold while the Jamaicans earned silver with a time of 2:58.16. The team from the Bahamas were in third earning bronze with a time of 2:58.49
Going into the race, Jamaica had a slight edge over team USA with a time of 2:58:29 whle the Americans finished just .09 seconds behind them in the preliminaries. We knew it was going to be neck and neck for the two countries and boy did this event prove it in spades.
All of the men’s teams dodged a major bullet when in the preliminaries, Great Britain was disqualified in the preliminaries Aug. 19, which came as a crushing blow with their amazing time of 2:58.88 that had them heading to the final round Their third runner Martyn Rooney had one foot outside the lane in the final changeover. They appealed the decision and (TK did they get let back in?). Luckily in this race, no one got DQ’ed. TK – unless someone does!!
HollywoodLifers, are you happy with who won the race? What has been your favorite Olympic event so far?