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U.S. Women Regain 4×100 World Championship Title

U.S. Women Regain 4×100 World Championship Title

Another golden moment for women’s sprint relay

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Tori Bowie of the United States, Daryll Neita of Great Britain and Rebakka Haase of Germany cross the finishline in the Women’s 4×400 Metres Final during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)

Tori Bowie took her second gold medal of the IAAF World Championships London 2017, anchoring the USA 4x100m team to victory in a world-leading 41.82, as they regained the crown that they last secured in Daegu six years ago.

Coming off of two consecutive Olympic gold medals, Team USATF was riding high in the Women’s 4×100 relay. Running in lane 4 Saturday night, the U.S. had the opportunity to chase its top competitors, with Great Britain in lane 5 and Jamaica in 7. Aaliyah Brown was even with Team GB on the first leg, with Jamaica seemingly in the lead. Brown had a safe handoff to Allyson Felix, who held the position with Jamaica and GB. Morolake Akinosun pulled even with the Brits and Jamaicans around the bend, but a late hand-off with 100m gold medalist Tori Bowie stalled progress for just a moment. Bowie, however, quickly turned on the afterburners and brought the U.S. gold in a world-leading 41.82. With a red flag raised by officials, Team USATF waited to celebrate until they saw the video of their handoffs on the jumbotron, after which it was smiles and flags all around. Great Britain finished second in 42.12, with Jamaica third in a season-best 42.19.

4x100m World Champions celebrate. (l-r) Aaliyah Brown, Allyson Felix, Tori Bowie & Morolake Akinosun

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