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Olympic Games 2008: U.S. sweeps gold in 4x400 relays

23 August 2008
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The United States 4 x 400m relay teams of LaShawn Merritt, Angelo Taylor, David Neville, Jeremy Wariner and Sanya Richards, Mary Wineberg, Monique Henderson, Allyson Felix (Image of Sport) The United States 4 x 400m relay teams of LaShawn Merritt, Angelo Taylor, David Neville, Jeremy Wariner and Sanya Richards, Mary Wineberg, Monique Henderson, Allyson Felix (Image of Sport)
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American sprinters waited until the last day of track and field competition Saturday at the Beijing Olympics to win medals in the sprint relays.

Sanya Richards, who finished a disappointing third in the 400 meters, ran down Anastasia Kapachinskaya of Russia on the anchor leg of the 4x400-meter relay to clinch a gold medal for the U.S. women in 3 minutes, 18.55 seconds. Russia took silver in 3:18.82; Jamaica was third in 3:20.40.

The other U.S. runners were Mary Wineberg, Allyson Felix and Monique Henderson. Richards and Henderson were members of the U.S. team that won gold in the event at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The Americans relied on the event they have dominated since the 1996 Olympics to deliver their first relay gold of 2008.

The U.S. men's team of LaShawn Merritt, Angelo Taylor, David Neville and Jeremy Wariner won gold in the relay in an Olympic record 2:55.39. The Bahamas was second in 2:58.03 and Russia was third in 2:58.06.

Wariner also won a gold medal in the relay at the 2004 Athens Games.

It was the seventh consecutive Olympics the American men have crossed the line first in this event, although the Sydney 2000 champion team was stripped of the gold medal for a doping violation.

Merritt and Taylor leave the Olympics with two gold medals. Merritt won the 400 meters and Taylor took gold in the 400-meters hurdles.

Saturday's win ends a streak of relay woes for the Americans in Beijing. The U.S. men's and women's 4x100 meters relay teams both dropped batons in semifinal heats and did not compete in the finals.



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