Friday, August 10, 2012

USA Women Clocks world-record in 4x100-meter relay

LONDON – The U.S. women got a measure of revenge against the Jamaicans on Friday night – and in stunning world-record style.

The U.S. 4x100 women’s relay obliterated the Jamaicans en route to a world record in the event, capturing gold at 40.82 – shaving .55 off the previous record of 41.37 set by East Germany in 1985. Carmelita Jeter ran a brilliant anchor leg for the U.S., opening the gap over the Jamaicans in the final 100 meters. As Jeter crossed the finish, she pointed at the track scoreboard and erupted in elation at the new world record. The foursome of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Jeter also became the first 4x100 U.S. women's relay to break the 41-second barrier.

The Jamaicans took silver at 41.41, while the Ukraine captured bronze at 42.04.

The win comes after the U.S. and Jamaicans traded blows in the 100 and 200-meter finals. Jeter finished second behind Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100 meters. Jamaica also took bronze in that race, with Veronica Campbell-Brown grabbing bronze. The U.S. women struck back in the 200 meters, with Allyson Felix taking gold in that event over Jamaica's Fraser-Pryce (silver), and Jeter taking bronze. In what has been a wildly successful Olympics for U.S. women's track, it also dominated the 400 meters, with Sanya Richards-Ross taking gold and DeeDee Trotter grabbing bronze.