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USA dominates 2024 World Athletics Relays, captures 4 of 5 events

USA dominates at the 2024 World Athletics Relays, winning four key events and setting records, while Botswana excels in men's 4x400m in The Bahamas.

Racquel Smith

Noah Lyles wins the 4x100m at the 2024 World Athletics Relays
Noah Lyles wins the 4x100m at the 2024 World Athletics Relays

The USA team won four out of the five events at the 2024 World Athletics Relays in Nassau on Sunday, setting the tone for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games later this summer.

The Americans, who sent a very strong squad to the Bahamas, claimed victory in the men’s and women’s 4x100m, the women’s 4x400m, and mixed 4x400m races.

In the men’s 4x100m, a quartet featuring Courtney Lindsey, Kenny Bednarek, Kyree King, and Noah Lyles, who ran the anchor leg, clocked a swift world-leading time of 37.40 seconds to secure the gold medal over a Canadian team anchored by Olympic 200m champion Andre De Grasse, who crossed second in 37.89.

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France secured third place in a time of 38.44 seconds, after Olympic champions Italy, which crossed the line next for the bronze, was later disqualified for a changeover outside the passing zone.

On the women’s side, the USA, despite being without world 100m champion Sha’Carri Richardson, dominated with a time of 41.85 seconds, to set a championship record.

The squad, which included Tamara Davis, Gabby Thomas, Celera Barnes, and Melissa Jefferson, bettered the previous championship record of 41.88, which was set at the inaugural World Athletics Relays in Nassau in 2014.

Elsewhere, the women’s 4x400m team dominated the competition, finishing at a time of 3:21.70 and crossed ahead of Poland (3:24.71) and Canada (3:25.17) by a significant margin.

The USA also captured the mixed relay with Matthew Boling, Lynna Irby-Jackson, Willington Wright, and Kendall Ellis, with a championship record time of 3:10.73. The Netherlands, led by Femke Bol, was second at 3:11.45.

Botswana, featuring Letsile Tebogo and Bayapo Ndori, won the men’s 4×400 with a world-leading time of 2:59.11, beating the fast-finishing South Africa, at 3:00.75 and Belgium (3:01.16).

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Racquel Smith

Racquel Smith joined World-Track and Field Website in 2008 as a contributor for the Beijing Olympic Games and she has grown with us ever since. Despite being a mother of two, Racquel has been one of our main go-to writers from Caribbean meetings.

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