UPDATE: The quartet of Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner, and Morolake Akinosun ran 41.77 in a solo re-run in lane two. That's the fastest time of any qualifiers, and bumps China out of the final. China had the same time as Canada in 42.70, but ran thousandths slower than the Canadians. The unprecedented re-run came after a Brazilian runner bumped Felix in the prelims just steps before she was going to hand off to Gardner. Our original story appears below.
The U.S. women failed to get the baton around the track in the preliminaries of the 4x100m relay, but will be given another chance for a spot in the final.
Allyson Felix and English Gardner botched the second exchange and dropped the baton. Felix said she felt contact from an athlete on the Brazil team in the lane next to her. The U.S. team filed a protest and Brazil was disqualified.
The U.S. will run a time trial at 5:00PM CST and must run faster than 42.70 to advance to the finals. Canada and China both recorded 42.70 in the prelims, and China is listed as the eighth qualifier, one one-thousandth slower than Canada.
China has filed a protest against the re-run decision.
A dropped baton isn't out of the ordinary for Team USA. Charts don't lie:
|Year||Meet||Event||Team||What happened||Who was involved|
|2016||Olympics (Rio)||W 4x100m||USA||Botched exchange||Allyson Felix to English Gardner|
|2015||World Championships (Beijing)||M 4x100m||USA||DQ in final (3rd exchange out of zone)||Tyson Gay to Mike Rodgers|
|2015||World Relays||W 4x200m||USA||DNF||Jeneba Tarmoh to Allyson Felix exchange|
|2015||World Relays||M 4x200m||USA||DQ in final (2nd to 3rd exchange out of zone)||Isiah Young to Curtis Mitchell, dropped baton|
|2014||World Relays||W 4x1500m||USA||2nd leg falls down after collision with AUS at exchange||Katie Mackey|
|2014||World Relays||M 4x100m||USA||DQ in heats (2nd to 3rd exchange out of zone)||Trell Kimmons to Rakieem Salaam|
|2014||World Relays||M 4x200m||USA||DQ in final (2nd to 3rd exchange out of zone)||Curtis Mitchell to Ameer Webb|
|2013||World Championships (Moscow)||M 4x100m||USA||Silver medal (3rd exchange outside lane, no DQ)||Mookie Salaam to Justin Gatlin|
|2011||World Championships (Daegu)||M 4x100m||USA||DNF||Darvis "Doc" Patton crash with Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (GBR)|
|2009||World Championships (Berlin)||W 4x100m||USA||DNF in heats||Alexandria Anderson to Muna Lee (Lee injury)|
|2009||World Championships (Berlin)||M 4x100m||USA||DQ in rounds||Darvis "Doc" Patton to Shawn Crawford|
|2008||Olympics (Beijing)||M 4x100m||USA||DNF||Darvis "Doc" Patton to Tyson Gay|
|2008||Olympics (Beijing)||W 4x100m||USA||DQ in heats||Torri Edwards to Lauryn Williams|
|2005||World Championships (Helsinki)||M 4x100m||USA||DNF in rounds||First exchange (Mardy Scales to Leonard Scott)|
|2004||Olympics (Athens)||W 4x100m||USA||DQ||Marion Jones to Lauryn Williams: pass out of zone|
|2001||World Championships (Edmonton)||M 4x100m||USA||Retroactive DQ (Doping)||Tim Montgomery|
|2001||World Championships (Edmonton)||W 4x100m||USA||Retroactive DQ (Doping)||Marion Jones|
The U.S. squad of Mike Rodgers, Christian Coleman, Tyson Gay and Jarrion Lawson won their preliminary heat in 37.65, the fastest time of the morning.
Though a country can run an entirely different squad in the final, we know that our top runners, Trayvon Bromell and Justin Gatlin, are banged up.
41.93 Great Britain
43.62 Trinidad and Tobago
37.65 USA (Mike Rodgers, Christian Coleman, Tyson Gay, Jarrion Lawson)
37.96 Trinidad and Tobago
38.06 Great Britain
The finals of the 4x100m relay will take place Friday, August 19 at 8:15PM, 8:35PM CST.