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VIDEO REWIND: PENN RELAYS | USA vs The World

VIDEO REWIND: PENN RELAYS | USA vs The World

BMW Ultimate Performance of the Meet – USA vs the World

Visa Women’s 4x100m USA vs the World

The Nike Women’s 4x400m from 2011 USA vs the World at the Penn Relays

Women’s Sprint Medley Relay USA vs the World

The Women’s Sprint Medley Relay from 2011 USA vs the World at the Penn Relays

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USA women storm to 4x100WL at USA vs. The World

(courtesy of ustaf.org)

PHILADELPHIA – The Team USA women’s 4x100m relay put on a dominant show in a competitive edition of USA vs. the World at the Penn Relays on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Franklin Field played host to 48,531 fans and the first event of USA Track & Field’s Outdoor Visa Championship Series as Team USA won three of six USA vs. The World races, Jamaica won two and Morocco won one.

Allyson Felix

The U.S. women made clear their intent to bring a world title back to America in the Visa Women’s 4x100m relay. Lauryn Williams, Allyson Felix, Marshevet Myers and Carmelita Jeter posted a dominant performance, winning in a Penn Relays record time of 42.28, a 2011 world leader as well. They broke the Penn Relays record held since 2000 by Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards, Inger Miller, and Marion Jones, set at the first edition of USA vs. The World. The USA Blue team of Gloria Asumnu, Miki Barber, Biana Knight and Alex Anderson moved from third to second on Knight’s third leg, finishing in 42.64. That left the Jamaican team of Kerron Stewart, Vanda Sherone Simpson, Aleen Bailey and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price third in 42.74.

Jamaica reigned in the BMW Men’s 4x100m yet again in what was a closely contested race through the first two legs. Jamaica, USA Red and USA Blue were even after lead-off legs by Asafa Powell, Walter Dix and Justin Gatlin, respectively. Second legs by Michael Frater, Wallace Spearmon and Doc Patton kept the field even, but Nesta Carter’s third leg put Jamaica in the lead. USA Blue had a rough handoff from Patton to Crawford, while Trell Kimmons handled third leg for USA Red. In the homestretch, Steve Mullins brought Jamaica home first in 38.33 with Mike Rodgers second for USA Red in 38.33 and Ivory Willams third for USA Blue in 38.66.

The Nike Men’s DMR looked to live up to its world-record potential through three legs. Bernard Lagat narrowly led Morocco’s Mohammed Moustaoui after the initial, 1200m leg in 2:48.30. Michael Tinsley opened up a big lead in the first half of the second, 400m leg, but Morocco’s Marouan Maadadi closed late, and Australia’s Sean Wroe surged to second, just a step behind Tinsley’s 46.13 split.

Duana Solomon ran the 800m third leg in 1:46.31, and Australia’s Lachlan Renshaw was nearly even with him going into the final leg. USA Red’s Russell Brown and Australia’s Jeff Riseley were alone in the lead for the final 1,600m leg, but a slowing pace enabled Morocco’s Amine Laalou and USA Blue’s Leo Manzano to close the gap 1,000m in. On the final lap, Manzano made a bid for the lead but fell back, leaving Brown, Laalou and Risely to battle it out. In the last 60 meters, Laalou prevailed, winning in 9:17.48, with Riseley finishing second for Australia in 9:17.56 and Brown third in 9:18.09. Laalou split 3:53.08, with Riseley posting 3:56.66 and Brown 3:57.36.

The USA women put on a show in the Nike Women’s 4x400m finishing 1-2 with Jamaica in third. Debbie Dunn and Dee Dee Trotter ran the lead legs to put USA Red and Blue in the lead, with Shericka Williams of Jamaica in third. Second legs Allyson Felix and Francena McCoroy pushed each other to extend the USA’s lead over Jamaica. McCorory turned in the fastest split of the field in 49.8 and gave USA Blue a slight lead over USA Red. McCorory gave the stick to Keisha Baker, while Felix passed to Natasha Hastings, and the two ran shoulder to shoulder. Sanya Richards-Ross anchored the red team, running just a stride ahead of Monica Hargrove of USA Blue. While anchor Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica was able to close the gap with 200m to go, Richards-Ross and Hastings found another gear for the final straight to maintain the U.S.’s 1-2 lead. USA Red won in 3:22.92, followed by USA Blue in 3:23.17.

Team USA won for the sixth consecutive year in the Visa Men’s 4x400m relay. In his Penn Relays debut, Quentin Summers led the first leg, followed closely by Ramon Miller of the Bahamas in second and David Neville of USA Blue in third. Jamal Torrence ran a quick second leg for USA Red in 44.9 to further extend the USA’s lead, Bershawn Jackson maintained it over the third leg, and Angelo Taylor sailed to the win for USA Red in 3:02.40. The Bahamas took the runner-up spot, while USA Blue faded to fourth after a shaky hand-off between Kerron Clement and Justin Gaymon.

Jamaica broke their 3-3 tie with the United States in the women’s sprint medley relay, the first USA vs. The World event to hit the track. Porscha Lucas put USA Red firmly in the lead after the first 200m leg, and La’Shauntea Moore held a roughly 3-meter lead for the Americans after the second 200. But on the third leg, Olympic and world champion 400m hurdler Melaine Walker immediately caught USA Red’s Olympic silver medalist hurdler Sheena Tosta, then proceeded to gap the field by at least three meters.

At the handoff to the 800m anchor leg, Kenia Sinclair of Jamaica led USA Blue’s Latavia Thomas, with USA Red’s Phoebe Wright in third, at least five meters back. But Sinclair, who has run splits of 1:57 and change the last two years, gave Jamaica its fourth win by running her fastest USA vs. The World split of 1:57.06 to bring Jamaica home in 3:34.64. Wright, a six-time Championship of America winner at Penn while at the University of Tennessee, split 1:59.25 to move USA Red up to second in 3:37.81, and USA Blue was third in 3:43.17.

For complete results from USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays, visit www.thepennrelays.com

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