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Team USA breaks women’s SMR world record, U.S. ties Jamaica at USA vs. the World


PHILADELPHIA -- The 18th running of USA vs. the World at the Penn Relays Carnival saw fantastic finishes at Franklin Field, with Team USA’s women’s sprint medley relay shattering the world record Saturday, April 29 in Philadelphia. The U.S. tied the World, namely Jamaica, with three victories each on Saturday.

Team USA sweeps sprint medley relays

USA Red, comprised of Olympic 4x100m gold medalists Morolake Akinosun and English Gardner, as well as World Relays silver medalist Dezerea Bryant and Team USATF veteran Miki Barber, led wire-to-wire in the women’s sprint medley relay, breaking the world record in 1:35.59. Akinosun and Gardner passed the baton with ease, giving Bryant quite a bit of room to work with. Bryant handed off the baton to Barber and the 2007 World champion ran the fastest 400m leg of her career, splitting 49 seconds to better the previous American and World record of 1:36.79, set in 1982. The U.S. won in 1:35.59, followed by Jamaica in 1:36.67 and Team USA Blue in 1:37.22.

For the men, the two U.S. teams were neck and neck until the 800m anchor leg, as two-time IAAF World Relays gold medalist Casimir Loxsom and NCAA champion Donavan Brazier battled over the final two laps. With 200m to go, Brazier dropped the hammer and led Team USA Red to victory in 3:11.45, a new Franklin Field and Penn Relays record. Loxsom and Team USA Blue finished second in 3:13.12.

Men’s 4x100m edges Jamaica with strong anchor by John Teeters

Team USA took back the men’s 4x100m crown after a loss in 2016 at USA vs. the World, utilizing the Team USA Red lineup of LeShon Collins, Wallace Spearmon, Beejay Lee and John Teeters to take down the Jamaicans Saturday. Collins, who led off for Team USA in the Bahamas last weekend, gave the baton to Spearmon out in front. Spearmon and Lee extended the lead for Teeters, who was a step ahead of Jamaica’s Jevaughn Minzie coming around the curve. Teeters turned on the afterburners, cruising to the finish in 38.87.

Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson led the Jamaicans to victory in the women’s 4x100m, taking home their first USA vs. the World 4x1 crown since 2015. It was Jamaica’s race from the gun, with Thompson getting the stick with a slight lead. Akinosun ran out of real estate trying to chase her down, as Jamaica crossed the finish first in 42.25 and Team USA Red was second in 42.42. Team USA Blue finished third in 42.90.

Jamaica sweeps 4x400m relays

Getting revenge for Team USA’s sweep at the IAAF World Relays last weekend, the Jamaican 4x400m relays ran away with the Penn Relays titles Saturday, as anchor legs Fitzroy Dunkley and Janieve Russell put away the U.S. in the final races of USA vs. the World. In the men’s 4x400m, the Jamaicans and Team USA were shoulder-to-shoulder throughout, with USATF veteran Calvin Smith taking the baton just behind Dunkley. Leading until the final 20 meters, Smith was overtaken by Dunkley at the finish, 3:03.14-3:03.25.

In the women’s race, it was a battle between Russell and Rio Olympic gold medalist Natasha Hastings, who had previously never lost a 4x400m at the Penn Relays. Team USA ran from behind throughout the race, and Hastings got the stick 10 meters behind Russell and caught up on the curve. Russell held her ground and gave Team Jamaica the win in 3:28.32. Team USA finished as the runners-up in 3:29.30.

The next relay competition for Team USA won’t be until the IAAF World Championships in London, but USATF athletes head to Doha and Shanghai next for the first two IAAF Diamond League meetings of 2017. All 14 IAAF Diamond League meetings can be found on NBC Sports Gold. Fans can follow along with #USATF on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

For more results from USA vs. the World, please visit the official website of the Penn Relays Carnival.

WATCH: USA vs. the World post-event press conference: Brazier, Barber, Spearmon

Amanda Brooks
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