U.S. storms to 4x400m relay win with new Olympic record
2008-08-23 13:48:36 GMT 2008-08-23 21:48:36 (Beijing Time) Xinhua
Runners of the United States react after the men's 4x400m relay final at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 23, 2008. The team of the United States won the title with 2:55.39 and set a new Olympic record. (Xinhua/Liao Yujie)
Angelo Taylor of the United States competes during the men's 4x400m relay final at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 23, 2008. The team of the United States won the title and set a new Olympic record. (Xinhua/Guo Dayue)
BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. quartet won the men's 4x400 meters relay gold medal with a new Olympic record at the Beijing Olympic Games here on Saturday.
It is not a surprise for the U.S. team to win the race comfortably because the four athletes are all dominant figures in the Games.
Newly-crowned 400m champion LaShawn Merritt ran the first leg. The second was Angelo Taylor, twice Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008 in the 400m hurdles, and the third was David Neville, the 400m bronze winner and the anchor leg was run by Jeremy Wariner, the Athens champion and silver winner behind Merritt.
The U.S. finally won the race in two minutes 55.39 seconds, beating the previous Olympic record of 2:55.74, set by the U.S. team in the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Bahamas took the silver in 2:58.03 and Russia finished third in 2:58.06.