USA Win Inaugural Mixed 4x400m Relay In Doha
The USA won the first ever gold medal in the 4x400m mixed relay at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.
It’s the first time the event has been run and will be one of the events in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Wil London, Allyson Felix, Courtney Okolo and Michael Cherry set a time of 3:09.34, over three seconds quicker than the USA’s heat time and two seconds faster than Jamaica’s team who took silver.
None of the USA’s four runners who came first in the heat ran in the final.
Allyson Felix as a result surpassed Usain Bolt for the most gold medals for any athlete in history as she won her 12th career gold on Sunday night.
Bahrain claimed bronze, just four thousandths of a second slower than Jamaica.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland just missed out on a medal as Rabah Yousif, Zoey Clark, Emily Diamond and Martyn Rooney finished fourth with a time of 3:12.27.
There was a slight slip up from GB on the final lap as Rooney nearly dropped the baton as Diamond handed it over which caused him to look back and slow down just slightly.
Out of the eight teams that made it to the final, seven went with the running order of man-woman-woman-man.
Poland was the only team to choose a different lineup, going man-man-woman-woman. They finished just 0.06 seconds behind Great Britain & N.I in fifth.
However, some athletes may see this event as a race too much and could opt out of the race as they might prioritise the same sex relays as well as their own individual 400m races.
- First ever mixed 4x400m relay
- Allyson Felix now has more gold medals than any other athlete ever
- Close finish for 2nd place (0.02 secs)
- Team GB narrowly missing out on a medal to improve their medal tally to 6
- Poland the only team not to run M-F-F-M
- India started very strongly but finished second-to-last
- A race too much?