US races nobody to snatch position in women's 4x100m final

Morolake Akinosun runs her leg of the United States' solo 4x100 relay.
Patrick Smith

Morolake Akinosun runs her leg of the United States' solo 4x100 relay.

The United States has clinched a spot in the women's 4x100 metre final, thanks to a unique second chance heat the team ran alone.

The side clocked a 41.77 second time, and knocked China out of the top eight.

They had to beat a time of 42.70 seconds to make the final.

The US women's 4x100m team faced immense pressure as they raced only the clock in a heat by themselves.
DOMINIC EBENBICHLER

The US women's 4x100m team faced immense pressure as they raced only the clock in a heat by themselves.

They will join arch-rivals Jamaica, Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada in the final.

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English Gardner of the United States reacts as she waits for Allyson Felix to return the baton to her after it was dropped.
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English Gardner of the United States reacts as she waits for Allyson Felix to return the baton to her after it was dropped.

Earlier, the American team was disqualified after baton bungle.

The US team claimed Brazilian Franciela Krasucki bumped Allyson Felix before the handover, which had prevented her from getting close enough to English Gardner to complete the handover.

The baton fell to the ground when Felix threw it in the direction of her team mate but after the initial shock, the experienced Californian had the presence of mind to get Gardner to pick it up and resume the race, allowing the appeal.

"The referee examined the video of the race and agreed that the US runner was obstructed at the second exchange," the IAAF said in a statement.

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"I think I got propelled at about 20 miles an hour," said four-times Olympic gold-medallist Felix.

"When a foreign object comes in front of you, it's going to mess up the momentum and the handover."

Dafne Schippers' hopes of a relay medal to add to her silver from the 200 metres were also dashed when the Netherlands managed only sixth place in the first heat.

 - Reuters

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