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RIO OLYMPICS: U.S Women 400-Meter Relay Team Win Protest After Dropping Baton, To Race In Finals

The women’s 400-meter relay, in which the U.S. relay was disqualified after dropping the baton will now participate in the finals after a Jury of Appeals granted their protest

Ruling that the runner had been obstructed by a Brazilian runner at the second exchange (from Allyson Felix to English Gardner) the jury ruled that the U.S. women will rerun the race alone Thursday night. After Thursday’s first heats, China was in eighth place with a time of 42.70 seconds. If the U.S. beats that time, they will advance to Friday’s final.

Brazil was disqualified for obstructing the U.S.

After the race, Felix contended she felt contact from a runner on her right, where Brazil’s relay team was running, as she attempted to pass the baton to Gardner, who was running the third leg of the relay.

“I got bumped coming into the exchange zone, and it just completely threw me off balance,” Felix said. “I tried to hold it together to get it to English.”

Felix said she wasn’t injured, “just very upset.”

The other members of the relay team were Tianna Bartoletta and Morolake Akinosun.

The U.S. men’s 400-meter relay team successfully got the baton around and won its heat in 37.65 seconds to advance to Friday’s final. The relay was comprised of Mike Rodgers, Christian Coleman, Tyson Gay, and Jarrion Lawson.

Soon after the women’s relay incident, Kerron Clement of the U.S. won the men’s 400-meter hurdles in a season-best time of 47.73 seconds. Boniface Mucheru Tumuti of Kenya was second in 47.78 seconds, with Yasmani Copello of Turkey third in 47.92.

Clement, 30, was the silver medalist in the event in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a two-time world champion.
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