PHILADELPHIA — The 18th running of USA vs. the World at the Penn Relays Carnival saw fantastic finishes at Franklin Field, with Team USA’s women’s sprint medley relay shattering the world record in Philadelphia.
Team USA dominate Medley
USA Red, comprised of Olympic 4x100m gold medalists Morolake Akinosun and English Gardner, as well as World Relays silver medalist Dezerea Bryant and Team USATF veteran Miki Barber, led wire-to-wire in the women’s sprint medley relay, breaking the world record in 1:35.59. Akinosun and Gardner passed the baton with ease, giving Bryant quite a bit of room to work with. Bryant handed off the baton to Barber and the 2007 World champion ran the fastest 400m leg of her career, splitting 49 seconds to better the previous American and World record of 1:36.79, set in 1982. The U.S. won in 1:35.59, followed by Jamaica in 1:36.67 and Team USA Blue in 1:37.22.
Team Jamaica back on top in 4×1 and wins 4×4
Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson led the Jamaicans to victory in the women’s 4x100m, taking home their first USA vs. the World 4×1 crown since 2015. It was Jamaica’s race from the gun, with Thompson getting the stick with a slight lead. Akinosun ran out of real estate trying to chase her down, as Jamaica crossed the finish first in 42.25 and Team USA Red was second in 42.42. Team USA Blue finished third in 42.90.
it was a battle between Russell and Rio Olympic gold medalist Natasha Hastings, who had previously never lost a 4x400m at the Penn Relays. Team USA ran from behind throughout the race, and Hastings got the stick 10 meters behind Russell and caught up on the curve. Russell held her ground and gave Team Jamaica the win in 3:28.32. Team USA finished as the runners-up in 3:29.30.
The next relay competition for Team USA won’t be until the IAAF World Championships in London, but USATF athletes head to Doha and Shanghai next for the first two IAAF Diamond League meetings of 2017.