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Men's 4x100m Relay Favourites United States OUT After Almost Dropping Baton During Heats

Max Sherry

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Men's 4x100m Relay Favourites United States OUT After Almost Dropping Baton During Heats

The favourites to clinch gold in the men's 4x100m relay event have been sent crashing out of the Olympics.

Team USA - who boast a world class sprint squad of Cravon Gillespie, Ronnie Baker, Fred Kerley and Trayvon Bromell - finished sixth in their 4x100m relay heat after almost dropping the baton during a changeover.

Medal leaders China went through to the next round along with Canada and Italy.

As for the Americans, the blame game appears to have already began with much of the post-race talk centring around Baker and Kerley.

To put it simply, the US duo absolutely butchered their third changeover.

Baker appeared to leave his mark way too early and when Kerley finally caught up to him he made a mess of the handover by misplacing the baton in his teammate's hand.

It was a disaster for Team USA, who were hoping to talk away from Tokyo with at least a medal from the event.

Credit: Ch7
Credit: Ch7

"Wow. USA really stuffed up their changes," Tamsyn Manou said in the Channel 7 commentary box.

"The third one again was just horrendous and they dropped back. Their change was terrible."

Bruce McAvaney added: "They have not made the final with that line-up. There'll be some inquest back in the United States.

"The Americans are out, see ya boys!"

Brutal stuff.

While they country is still battling it out with China in the medals race, overall it has been an Olympics to forget for America's sprinters.

Despite having so many talented athletes in the field, they fell agonisingly short in both the men's 100m and 200m events.

As for the women, they were unable to stop Elaine Thompson-Herah from becoming the first woman in Olympics history to do the 100m and 200m double at back-to-back Games.

America's short distance medal hopes in Tokyo now rest on the women's 4x100m relay team as well as all the 400m runners.

But unfortunately, judging by the reaction on social media after the men's 4x100m car crash, US fans aren't holding out much hope.


Featured Image Credit: Ch7/PA

Topics: America, olympics, Tokyo Olympics, united states, Video, Team USA, watch, Australia

Max Sherry
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