Felix Earns Gold, While Brown & De Grasse Take Bronze In 4x100m Relays In Rio|
Aug. 19, 2016
Allyson Felix won a gold medal with the USA women's 4x100m relay and Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse won a bronze medal with the Canada men's 4x100m relay at the 2016 Olympics held at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today (Aug. 19). With the three medals earned on the track today, Trojans have won 17 medals at the Rio Games. USC track and field athletes have earned eight of those medals, matching the 1932 and 1936 Olympics for most medals won by Trojans in a single Games.
The USA women's 4x100m relay team of Tianna Bartoletta, Felix (USC 2008), English Gardner and Tori Bowie had to run in tough lane one, but they were unfazed and blazed to a winning time of 41.01 to capture the gold medal. Bartoletta got the U.S. out to a lead, Felix extended it on the second leg and they were never really challenged. For Felix it was her eighth career Olympic medal and she likely has a chance for one more with the USA 4x400m relay team tomorrow.
The Canada 4x100m men's relay team of Akeem Haynes, Brown (USC 2014), Brendon Rodney and De Grasse (USC 2016) set the Canadian national record with a time of 37.64 to earn the bronze medal. They actually finished the race in fourth, .02 seconds behind the USA team and .04 second behind the Japan team, but the U.S. team was disqualified after they had done the lap of honor with the winner Brazil and the silver medalists from Japan. Canada was slightly behind the first four teams when De Grasse received the baton, but he stormed down the stretch passing one team and nearly catching the Japan and USA teams at the wire. De Grasse picked up his third medal of the Olympics, also earning a bronze medal in the 100m and a silver medal in the 200m.
With Felix unavailable due to her running in the 4x100m relay, USA ran a team of Courtney Okolo, Taylor Ellis-Watson, Francena McCorory and Phyllis Francis in the women's 4x400m heats and they cruised to a three-second win in their heat with a time of 3:21.42. USA had the fastest qualifying time for the final tomorrow when it will try and win its sixth consecutive medal in the event.
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