From fearing that they were out of the competition due to a failed exchange, to gold medalists.
That’s the roller coaster the U.S. women’s 4×100 relay team has been on the last couple of days, with the IAAF’s decision to let them re-run their semifinal heat opening the door for the Americans to win another gold medal in the event. Tianna Bartoletta ran the first leg, with Allyson Felix, English Gardner and Tori Bowie following in a race that was run with clean baton exchanges and dominant sprints in between for the Americans.
WATCH: Team USA women defend 4×100 gold
Their time of 41.01 seconds is the second-fastest time ever run in the 4×100 relay, and they beat silver medalist Jamaica by .35 seconds. Having 100 and 200 meter champion Elaine Thompson and 2012 Olympic 100 meter champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as part of their quartet put Jamaica in position to contend for gold before the race began, but the U.S. ran a race that removed any doubt by the time Bowie turn the corner for home.
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Taking bronze was Great Britain, who at 41.77 seconds was more than four tenths of a second behind Jamaica (41.36).
With the victory Bartoletta, Felix and Bowie all added to their medal totals in Rio. Bartoletta took gold in the long jump, with Felix taking silver in the 400 and Bowie taking silver in the 100 and bronze in the 200. As for Gardner, the gold medal is her first career Olympic medal. Felix has now won a total of eight Olympic medals, and with five being gold she’s won more than any American female track and field athlete.
Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.
“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”
Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.
Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.
Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines covered swimming together at the last six Olympics, including every one of Michael Phelps‘ finals, but they’ve never called a “race” quite like this.
“We heard you were looking for something to commentate during the down time….might this short short short course 100 IM help?” tweeted Cathleen Pruden, posting a video of younger sister Mary Pruden, a sophomore swimmer at Columbia University, taking individual medley strokes in what appeared to be an inflatable backyard pool.
“Hang on,” Gaines replied. “This race of the century deserves the right call. @DanHicksNBC and I are working some magic!”
Later, Hicks posted a revised video dubbed with commentary from he and Gaines.
They became the latest commentators to go beyond the booth to post calls on social media while sports are halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
NBC Sports hockey voice Doc Emrick (who has also called Olympic hockey and water polo) did play-by-play of a windshield wiper installation.
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