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No re-run required.
No baton drop, either.
The U.S. women's 4x100-meter relay team has won another Olympic title.
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) August 20, 2016
Completing perhaps the most peculiar path to relay gold in games history, the U.S. team of 41.01. Jamaica _ a team featuring 100- and 200-meter gold medalist Elaine Thompson _ was second, in 41.36 seconds. Britain was third, more than three-quarters of a second off the U.S. pace.
Former U.S. bobsledder Tianna Bartoletta led off the relay for the Americans on the way to what became her second gold in Rio, adding this to her long jump title. Allyson Felix _ now a five-time gold medalist and eight-time Olympic medalist overall _ added to the lead in the second leg, English Gardner ran the third and Tori Bowie finished it off on the final straightaway.
Running in Lane 1 was supposed to be a problem.
Far from it.
— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 20, 2016
They weren't crowd favorites, for certain.
Brazil was disqualified from the event Thursday, after officials ruled that one of its sprinters obstructed the U.S. pass from Felix to Gardner _ causing a drop. The U.S. was allowed to re-run the heat alone Thursday night, racing only against the clock, and the Americans qualified easily which bumped China from the eight-team final field.
The Chinese weren't happy, predictably.
— Team China (@XHSports) August 20, 2016
So when the U.S. team was introduced, there was a smattering of boos from those in the seats at Olympic Stadium.
It didn't bother them. They came up golden, as they expected all along.