U.S. women win 4×400 gold for 6th straight Olympics

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The U.S. streak of gold medals in the women’s 4×400 relay reached six Saturday night, with the American quartet winning in dominant fashion.

Courtney Okolo, Natasha Hastings, Phyllis Francis and Allyson Felix combined to finish the race in 3:19.06, beating silver medalists Jamaica by more than a full second. On the anchor leg Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills attempted to close the gap on Felix but she was unable to do so, with the now six-time Olympic gold medalist not only holding her off but pulling away over the final 150 meters.

Taking bronze was Great Britain, with their anchor Christine Ohuruogu becoming a medalist in three consecutive Olympic games. Ohuruogu has two medals in the 400 in her Olympic career, winning gold in Beijing and silver in London.

After the first two legs it was essentially a two-team race, with Jamaica (3:20.34) finishing more than five seconds faster than Great Britain (3:25:88).