USA win inaugural mixed 4x400m relay at a world championships
USA won gold and broke the world record in first ever mixed 4x400m relay final at a World Championships.
Their time of 3:09.34 beat the previous record of 3:12.42 set by themselves in the heats.
The team was made up by (in running order) Wilbert London, Allyson Felix, Courtney Okolo and Michael Cherry
Not only was a new world record set in the event but USA’s Felix became the most decorated athlete in the World Athletics Championships. Taking over the great Usain Bolt, Felix has now won 13 Gold medals, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze.
Typically, the runners go in the order of man, woman, woman, man however Poland, who finished in 5th, had a different approach putting the Men first and second and the Women third and fourth, this would put them strides ahead going into the third leg.
However, the tactic didn’t work as Cherry along with Jamaica’s Javon Francis, Bahrain’s Abbas Abubakar Abbas and Team GB’s Martyn Rooney breezed past Justyna Święty-Ersetic on the final leg.
It was a positive showing from all teams as 5 of the 8 all beat the previous world record set in the heats, however Team GB may not be all smiles after a poor changeover between Emily Diamond and Martyn Rooney between the third and fourth leg may have cost them a medal as Abbas comes out the changeover ahead.