USA take mixed 4 x 400 gold in events world championships debut
The United States set a world record time in the inaugural mixed 4 × 400 metres relay to bring home World Athletics gold in Doha on Sunday.
Ten months after giving birth to her daughter, Allyson Felix won her 12th Gold Medal in the World championships passing in the process Usain Bolt’s previous gold medal record.
Jamaica came in second with Bahrain sweeping up the bronze with team GB had to settle for fourth in one of the championship’s newest event.
All of the teams, apart from Poland, started with a male athlete had their two females in the middle before the men bought it home with the anchor leg.
The US won their heat without any of their star runners who were rested for the final and they took full advantage, leading India in to the first change over.
Poland ran both of their male athletes in the first two legs, a change from their qualifying heat, which saw them take a 5 second lead following the second lap and carried it in to the anchor leg.
Team GB’s sloppy hand over in to the final leg saw Bahrain over take them, something that they would not be able to overcome.
Poland’s Jusitne Święty-Ersetic held a lead going in to the final lap but was overtaken by four teams as Poland’s brave tactic to go with two male athletes first did not pay dividends.
USA’s Michael Cherry breezed past the Polish athlete to give them the win and to make the US the first world champions of the mixed 4 x 400 meters race with a time of 3:09.34.
- United States win the race
- World Record time
- Allyson Felix becomes gold medal record holder
- 10 months after having a child
- Inaugural world championship race
- Poland went against the trend in terms of running order
- US changed their complete running order