Rio 2016: USA's 4x100m appeal rejected

22 Août, 2016, 03:04 | Auteur: Sue Barrett
  • Rio 2016: USA's 4x100m appeal rejected

USA Track and Field's appeal in the men's 4x100m relay final has been denied following the Americans' disqualification at the Rio Olympics. Japan won the silver.

The Americans learned of the disqualification while they were still celebrating on the track; Canada, which finished fourth, thus received the bronze.

United States' Mike Rodgers, left, and Justin Gatlin, right, walk past Japan's Ryota Yamagata, Shota Iizuka, Yoshihide Kiryu and Aska Cambridge after the men's 4x100-meter relay final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

At this point, they'd take it. Video replays showed a clean handoff from Rodgers to Gatlin but were less clear about whether Gatlin had taken possession of the stick before Rodgers got it inside the start of the 20-meter passing zone.

Asked for their thoughts on the latest American flop, Asafa Powell chimed: "Pressure!"

According to rule 170.7 of the track and field handbook, it's illegal for the baton to touch the second runner's hand before it passes the yellow line that marks the start of the zone. "It's always something weird, stupid".

All those miscues for the country with arguably the deepest pool of sprinting talent, even with Bolt in the mix, has cost them medals and sent the team back to the drawing board time and again.

It helps being so much faster, and USATF was touting the success story with this fun anecdote: Shortly before the warm-up, Gardner opened her bag to discover there was only one shoe in there.

- The men's 4x400 team, led by LaShawn Merritt, is a virtual lock for a medal, assuming no baton drops. "That moment that you get to have your chance is when you try to show the world you're just as great and keep the standard going".

"Hell, we already did the victory lap and then when we talked to TV, they told us", Tyson Gay said Friday night.

"When you're seeing your team is going out there and setting the pace and bringing back medals to the village, the atmosphere speaks for itself", said Tony McQuay, a member of the 4x400 relay.

First, there was a dropped baton in preliminaries that came because a Brazilian runner bumped Allyson Felix in the passing zone.