The U.S. men’s 4×400-meter relay team won its fifth straight world title, bouncing back from a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics for gold at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Friday.
David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Arman Hall and LaShawn Merritt won in 2 minutes, 58.71 seconds. Jamaica earned silver in 2:59.88, edging Russia, which took bronze in 2:59.90.
The U.S. led after every leg with Hall, 19, handing off to the anchor Merritt with a comfortable cushion. Merritt, who won the individual 400 meters in Moscow, now owns six career World Championship gold medals.
Merritt was unable to take part in the 4×400 at the London Olympics after pulling up in his first-round heat of the 400 with a hamstring injury. The Bahamas nipped the U.S. by .33 of a second for gold, the first time the U.S. was beaten to the finish line of an Olympic final since 1952.
The Americans have won the 4×400 world title at the last five meets and had not been beaten to the finish line since the 1991 World Championships. The U.S. has been disqualified at worlds since 1991, though.