London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – It was a contrasting day for the United States relay teams on Saturday, with the women’s 4x100m quartet erasing a 27-year-old record set by the East Germans, while the men’s 4x400m relay team was pushed to the second spot by Bahamas.
The women’s quartet eclipsed one of the longest-standing world records as the team, anchored by an inspired Carmelita Jeter, clocked 40.82sec to shave off more than half a second from the 1985 record of 41.37sec set by the erstwhile East Germany.
But for the men’s team it was a major setback as the United States has never let the 4x400m relay gold slip away since the 1972 Munich Olympics. For the Bahamians, it was a day to rejoice as they had won their first Olympic athletics gold.
Jeter, a late entrant in the athletics field, now has a gold (4X100 relay), a silver (100m) and a bronze (200m) from the games. She was quoted as saying in the media that, “I knew we were running fast. I was already pointing at the clock, saying ‘there it is’.”
Jeter’s teammate, Allyson Felix, who won the 200m gold after two unsuccessful attempts in the Athens and Beijing Olympics, said she was yet to come to terms with the fact that she was part of the record-breaking quartet.
Earlier, the United States’ domination in the men’s 4X400m relay ended when the Bahamas quartet of Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller clocked 2:56.72 sec to win gold. The American team of Bryshon Nellum, Joshua Mance, Tony McQuay and Taylor came second in 2:57.05sec.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Lalonde Gordon, Jarrin Solomon, Ade Alleyne-Forte and Deon Lendore clinched the bronze.