U.S. women’s 4×100 relay team beat the clock after winning re-run petition: Bizarre scenes as sprinters run on an EMPTY track following earlier baton drop
In one of the strangest sights ever seen on an Olympic race track, the U.S. women’s 4×100 relay team were given a second shot at qualifying in Rio after dropping their baton in their earlier qualifying heat on Thursday.
Team USA petitioned for a re-run after Allyson Felix claimed a Brazilian sprinter elbowed her as she was making a baton pass to teammate English Gardner on the third leg.
美国申诉重赛，美国选手Allyson Felix称在她传第三棒给队友English Gardner时被巴西短跑选手推挤了一下。
The IAAF sided with the Americans, and just after 7pm the four athletes wandered back out onto the race track to re-take their positions.
They were the only athletes on the track at the time, making it a truly bizarre sight.
Their only goal was to beat the time set by the the Chinese who were the slowest to qualify with 42.70.
The team retook their places in lane 2 of the track, the exact same lane they were places earlier in the day.
In the end, the team won comfortably with a time of 41.77, despite a difficult final changeover.
Cascades99, Metropolis, United States, 6 hours ago
Brazil can’t even win in soccer, only lo/sers more s/ore than Brazil are the Russians.
lisamort, Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom, 1 hour ago
Well done USA!
Thetruth, Luton-UK, United Kingdom, 47 minutes ago
And yesterday in the steeplechase the Gold medallist was disqualified for putting foot over white line. Go figure.
tproter17, Heaven, 10 hours ago
Some of you posters are blind as bats. The Brazillian runner was clearly stepping on the line and caused a lane violation. The Americans should NOT be DQ’d as a result of the Brazillians inability to stay in their lane.
RAA, cyberville, France, 9 hours ago
Utterly ridiculous. Why is it okay for the Brazilian athlete to come over into her lane?