The U.S. men’s 4×100 relay team had to give up its bronze medal because of a bad baton pass.
The relay team, which included former Tennesse Vol Justin Gatlin and former Arkansas Razorback Tyson Gay, finished third behind Jamaica and Japan on Friday. However, the Americans lost the medal after it was ruled that they failed to make their first baton pass within the exchange zone.
Mike Rodgers, the Americans’ first runner, handed the baton cleanly to Gatlin for the second leg of the relay. However, he didn’t make the handoff within 20-meter exchange zone.
The U.S. had to forfeit the medal, which was given to Canada instead.
It’s not the first time the U.S. has struggled in this area. The relay team was disqualified in 2008 because of a baton infraction as well.
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Source: SEC Country