IAAF World Relays

Noah Lyles, U.S. take 4x100m silver at World Relays

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Noah Lyles anchored the U.S. 4x100m to silver on an upset-filled final day of the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday.

Lyles, the early 2020 Olympic 200m favorite, was given the baton in around fifth place after a poor previous exchange from Justin Gatlin to Isiah Young. He passed France, China and Great Britain but could not catch Brazil, coming up .02 short.

The Americans were also beaten in the men’s and women’s 4x400m and the women’s 4x200m.

U.S. champion Aleia Hobbs anchored the women’s 4x100m, holding off Jamaican Jonielle Smith, 43.27 to 43.29. The event lacked Olympic and world champions Tori Bowie, Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

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Poland upset the U.S. women in the 4x400m as Courtney Okolo could not make up all of an eight tenths deficit on anchor, coming up .16 short. The Americans were without Olympic silver medalist Allyson Felix, working her way back from childbirth, and world champion Phyllis Francis.

Trinidad and Tobago overtook the U.S. on anchor in the men’s 4x400m, edging to the win by .03 before the U.S. was disqualified for a lane violation.

The U.S. did take the mixed-gender 4x400m, which makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo.

The track and field season continues with the Diamond League stopping in Shanghai on Saturday.

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U.S. sweeps mixed-gender events at IAAF World Relays

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The U.S. dominated the opening night of the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan, highlighted by winning both finals in unusual mixed-gender events.

University of Oregon wide receiver turned Olympian Devon Allen anchored the shuttle hurdles relay, where two runners of each gender cover 110 meters per country. Each relay exchange (sans baton) is made at the opposite end of the track.

Allen received a lead from Christina Clemons, Freddie Crittenden and Sharika Nelvis, and the Americans won a two-team final over Japan by .63 of a second in 54.96. Jamaica withdrew before the final due to an injury, and Australia false-started out of the final.

Donavan Brazier and Ce’Aira Brown combined to win the 2x2x400m, essentially a 4x400m but with only two runners (one of each gender). Kenya had the early edge because it led off with its male runner, while Brown was the U.S.’ leadoff.

Brazier, the U.S. indoor 800m record holder, made up a 7.8-second deficit on Kenya’s female runner on the anchor split to win in 3:36.92, holding off Australia by .69.

The U.S. also advanced in all of the relays that have Sunday finals — both 4x100m, both 4x400m and the mixed 4x400m, which makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo. Sunday’s race schedule and TV/stream schedule is here.

Justin Gatlin headlined a 4x100m preliminary squad that had the fourth-fastest time from Saturday’s heats. Anchor Cameron Burrell, the son of former world-record holder Leroy Burrell, had to slow up to receive the baton from Isiah Young before the end of the exchange zone.

Noah Lyles, the world’s fastest 200m sprinter over the last two years, is expected to join the 4x100m for Sunday’s final. Olympic silver medalist Japan failed to advance after placing third in its heat due to one of the most impressive baton handoffs in history (that would get it disqualified).

U.S. champion Aleia Hobbs anchored the women’s 4x100m preliminary heat squad that advanced in 42.51 seconds, .52 ahead of second qualifier Germany. World 100m champion Tori Bowie was expected to lead this quartet, but she withdrew before the meet.

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2019 IAAF World Relays broadcast schedule

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Justin Gatlin and Noah Lyles headline the U.S. roster for the IAAF World Relays, airing live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming for NBC Sports Gold subscribers this weekend.

Saturday
5:30-9 a.m. ET, LIVE on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold
3:30-6 p.m. on NBCSN

Sunday
5-8 a.m. ET, LIVE on NBC Sports Gold
7:30-10 a.m. on Olympic Channel
4-5 p.m. on NBCSN

It’s the fourth edition of the meet that was held in the Bahamas in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Competition includes men’s and women’s 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m and mixed-gender 4x400m (making its Olympic debut in 2020), shuttle hurdle relay and 2x2x400m.

The U.S. topped the medal standings at every World Relays, most memorably beating a Usain Bolt-anchored Jamaican 4x100m in 2015. The full U.S. roster is here.

The always formidable Jamaican sprint contingent includes Olympic champions Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Yohan Blake.

Here’s the event schedule (all times Eastern a.m.):

Saturday
5:38 — Mixed Shuttle Hurdles Heats
6 — Women’s 4x400m Heats
6:35 — Men’s 4x400m Heats
7:13 — Women’s 4x100m Heats
7:40 — Mixed 2x2x400m FINAL
8 — Men’s 4x100m Heats
8:23 — Mixed 4x400m Heats
8:55 — Mixed Shuttle Hurdles FINAL

Sunday
5:10 — Women’s 4x200m Heats
5:31 — Men’s 4x200m Heats
5:52 — Women’s 4x400m B Final
6:05 — Men’s 4x400m B Final
6:21 — Women’s 4x400m FINAL
6:37 — Men’s 4x400m FINAL
6:53 — Mixed 4x400m FINAL
7:09 — Women’s 4x200m FINAL
7:23 — Men’s 4x200m FINAL
7:37 — Women’s 4x100m FINAL
7:52 — Men’s 4x100m FINAL

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