USA set record for 4 x 400 mixed relay

The USA on Saturday won the first-ever world championship gold medal in the mixed 4 x 400 metres relay.

This event was introduced to the 17th world championships which are being held in Doha, by the IAAf and will also be run in next year’s 2020 Olympic in Tokyo.

 Will London, Allyson Felix, Courtney Okolo and Michael Cherry won the race in a record breaking time of 3:09:34, beating Jamaica by 2.45 seconds.

Felix played a vital role in maintaining second place for team USA, this is great for a woman that didn’t even think she would be participating in this event 10 months ago after giving birth.

She surpassed Usain Bolt as the most decorated athlete at the world championships as she claimed her 13thgold medal. This was her first gold medal since becoming a mother.

Team USA had changed their entire quartet from the previous heat for the final. The brought in 4 new people in who were unlucky not to be selected for individual places but were individually part of the men and women relay teams.

The Jamaicans took second place with a national record time of 3:11.78 and Bahrain rounded of the top three with another record but this time an Asian record of 3:11.8.Great Britain & Northern Ireland were unlucky not to finish on the podium places as they were 0.45 seconds behind the Bahrainis.

Every team followed the format of man-woman-woman-man except from the Polish as they opted for their male racers to start of the race while their female racers finished it off. It would prove to be unsuccessful as they only archieved a 5th place finish but at least they achieved a national record time of 3:12.33.