US women take gold in 4x100 relay at Worlds as men clinch silver
Eugene, Oregon - The United States denied a star-studded Jamaican team the gold in the women's 4x100 meters at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, while the US men's team took home the silver.
Twanisha "TeeTee" Terry held off 200m champion Shericka Jackson in the home stretch of the women's 4x100 relay to finish in 41.14 seconds, in front of a delighted home crowd.
She clinched the gold together with teammates Melissa Jefferson, Jenna Prandini, and Abby Steiner
"Coming into here, we knew we had to have the chemistry," Terry told World Athletics. "We had to move the baton through the exchanges. You can have the fastest ... legs, but if you don’t move the baton around the track, then what are you doing?
"So we knew we had to focus on ourselves and trust one another."
The Jamaican quartet, also featuring 100m champion and 200m silver medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, had trouble in the first changeover between Kemba Nelson, and five-time Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah and finished .04 seconds behind the hosts.
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Moments later in the men's 4x100, Canada denied the US hosts a relay double.
Olympic champion Andre De Grasse, who withdrew from the 200m in Eugene having recently tested positive for Covid-19, held off Marvin Bracy of the US to bring Canada home in 37.48.
"It's special to win here. There are many Canadians cheering us on. It's not on home soil, but it felt like it," he said.
Favorites the US, who featured 200m champion Noah Lyles alongside Christian Coleman, Elijah Hall, and Marvin Bracy-Williams Jr, ended .07 seconds behind for the silver, while Great Britain and Northern Ireland took home the bronze in 37.83.
The US team accolades followed more medal nabbing at the Oregon event from Allyson Felix, who ended her decorated career with a 19th medal at a world championship with a bronze in the 4x400-meter mixed relay in Eugene last Friday night.
The 2022 World Athletics Championships ends Sunday after taking place in the United States for the first time ever at Hayward Field.
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