American 4X100 Team Disqualified From World Championships

This marks the second year in a row that the US 4×100 men will not have a team finish in the final of a major world championship. The team was disqualified for handing off the baton before the exchange zone between Shawn Crawford and Darvis Patton. The protest was filed by Great Britain and held up after an appeal.  Below is a statement made by USATF Chief of Sport Performance Benita Fitzgerald Mosely:

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“Our men’s 4×100 relay had great preparation for this meet, including practicing at relay camp and competing with this exact lineup at Cottbus, where they ran a world-leading time of 37.85. Everyone involved in the relay, including athletes, coaches and administrators, were mindful of doing everything in our power to ensure the relay succeeded. To be disqualified is something that is hard for all of us to accept, but at this point we can only use it as inspiration for our remaining three relays, and as a lesson for future championships.  It does a disservice to the champions we crowned tonight, and to all our medalists here, to allow this to overshadow what has been a strong overall team performance in Berlin. We look forward to closing out the final two days with more great performances. “

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