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.
"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!"
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.
The USA team did everything wrong in the men's relay. The passing system is wrong, athletes running the wrong legs, and it was clear that there was no leadership. It was a total embarrassment, and completely unacceptable for a USA team to look worse than the AAU kids I saw .- Carl Lewis (@Carl_Lewis) August 5, 2021
So USA will to to Paris 2024 without having won Olympic medal in men's 4x100 relay since 2004 or gold since 2000. Ineptitude that is beyond the pale.- David Woods (@DavidWoods007) August 5, 2021
The USA Men's 4x100 been paying for our sins as a country every damn Olympic games :sob::sob::sob:- The Casual Sex Captain (@jiggyjayy2) August 5, 2021
USA not making the final of the men's 4x100 meters is completely unacceptable! Completely UNACCEPTABLE!!!! #Olympics- Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) August 5, 2021
The US 4x100 curse continues...- Steve Magness (@stevemagness) August 5, 2021
It's so bad that it's expected.
It's a surprise if we make it, despite having the most depth out of any team in the world.
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