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United States Still Men's 4x400 Relay Kings

posted 17 Aug 2013, 04:52 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 17 Aug 2013, 04:57 ]

America's 4x400 relay team takes gold at the world championships as Jamaica and Russia fight for the minor placings.

MOSCOWRUSSIA (AUGUST 16, 2013) (AMS/DENTSU/REUTERS) - World 400 metres champion LaShawn Merritt anchored an emphatic American men's 4x400 metres relay triumph on Friday (August 16), a year after they were stunned in the Olympic final by the Bahamas.

The U.S., who have won the world title at every world championships since 2005, had the race sewn up from David Verburg's opening leg, with Tony McQuay andArman Hall extending the advantage to allow Merritt a comfortable last lap.

With Merritt uncatchable, a thrilling duel for second materialised with Jamaica just pipping Russia much to the disappointment of a vociferous crowd roaring homeVladimir Krasnov.

Afterwards Merritt paid tribute to his teammates, saying: "They made my job really comfortable in the last leg and I'm proud of them."

The Jamaican anchor leg was run by 18-year-old Javon Francis, who powered past the chasing group to pip Russia to the silver medal and earned the respect of his teammates.

"We knew that we had a good, strong team and we knew that the U.S.A. has a stronger team, so our goal was to keep everything intact and our anchor led a superb leg. He is young, and he is fresh, and just wanted us to keep it close for him, which he did today," said Edino Steele.

Although the crowd were bitterly disappointed by Russia's third place the team were content to get on the podium.

"We are happy about the third place as it is indeed a very strong medal," saidMaksim Dyldin.