U.S. Men's 4x100m Relay Team Disqualified, Botches Yet Another Baton Exchange



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BEIJING - The U.S. men’s 4x100m relay team was disqualified this evening after the third baton exchange between Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers extended past the exchange zone.

They initially earned silver behind Jamaica (37.36) with a 37.77 performance. The order of the team, Trayvon Bromell to Justin Gatlin to Gay to Rodgers, worked well in the preliminary rounds. The first two hand-offs were flawless and all signs pointed toward a close anchor leg between the U.S. and Jamaica until Gay and Rodgers botched the handoff.



Rodgers was extremely disappointed after the race. "We really was whipping their tails for three legs," he said. "It looked like my steps were on in the video. I kind of don't know what happened."

Gatlin echoed Rodgers' sentiments saying he wasn't sure what was the cause of the exchange mishap and that they worked very hard to put the best team on the track.

"Contrary to popular belief, a lot of people don't think the U.S. teams don't do a lot of practice, a lot of relays," Gatlin said. "Maybe because of not enough time or ego. But this year we put all that aside and we worked together."

Past results don't lie. In the last seven World Championships, the men's squad has won two gold medals (2003, 2007), one silver (2013), DNF’d or DQ’d in the rounds (2005, 2009) and DNF’d or DQ’d in the final (2011, 2015). Additionally, they were DQ'd from the 2008 Olympics.*

So what is the problem here? The procedures the USATF coaches go through in choosing and coaching the relay teams? Are the athletes caving under the pressure of winning a gold medal? Maybe it’s lack of preparation? Except the U.S. team required all members of their relay pools to attend two training camps in Monaco and Japan.

Twitter exploded after the DQ was issued. Check out what some of the running community had to say:






What do you think the problem is with the U.S. 4x1 teams?



*Information via spreadsheet HERE.

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