IAAF World Relays Diary: USA Women win 4x400m relay gold! by Larry Eder

DeeDee Trotter, photo by PhotoRun.net

The US women's 4x400 meter relay team took the gold in a world leading 3:21.73.

In the first final of the second day, the women's 4 x 400 meters kept the 15,000 fans in Thomas A. Robinson stadium on their feet! 

DeeDee Trotter had a very good first leg, with USA and Great Britain's Eilidh Child near even. Sanya Richards-Ross got out well, with Novlene Williams-Mills right behind her and Regina George of Nigeria and Lenora Guion-Firmin of France following. 

On the final twenty meters of the second leg, Novlene Williams-Mills passed Richards-Ross, but Sanya held on and gave the baton to Natasha Hastings, who just blew the third leg and the race open. Natasha Hasting is a strong, dynamic runner to watch as she churned up the track and put the baton in the hand of Joanna Atkins. 

Joanna Atkins was a fine pick for the final leg. Running fast, but saving something obviously for the final 200 meters, Atkins just put the race into another dimension with her excellent leg. The US took the gold in 3:21.69. Jamaica took the silver in 3:32.36 and Nigeria was the bronze medalist with a time of 3:23.31. 

Women's 4 x 400 meter final, 1. USA, 3:21.73, CR, 2. Jamaica, 3:23.26, 3. Nigeria, 3:23.41, 4. France, 3:25.84, 5. Poland, 3:27.37, 6. Italy, 3:27.44, 7. Great Britain & N.I., 3:28.03, 8. Brazil, 3:31.59, #worldrelays

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