The United States won the women’s and men’s 4x400m relay at the end of the World Championships in Eugene on Sunday. In qualifying, Alison Felix won the 20th world medal, a record.
Talitha Diggs, Abby Steiner, Bretton Wilson and Sidney McLaughlin won the 3’17”79, ahead of Jamaica (3’20”74) and Great Britain (3’22”64). On the men’s side, Elijah Godwin, Bryce Dedmon and champion Allison and Michael Norman dominated Jamaica (2’58”58) and Belgium (2’58”72) at 2’56”17.
As an icon, it was a relay with an average age of 21, led by 400m hurdles queen Sydney McLaughlin, allowing track legend Alison Felix to win the 20th medal at the world championships, an absolute record. This is the fourteenth of gold.
The veteran (36) thought she competed in her last international race early in the competition in the mixed 4x400m race, where she contributed to the bronze medal for the United States. But she was called up by the coaches at the last minute for the women’s 4x400m series on Saturday.
Team USA Records
The two relays finished crowning the United States with the kings of their worlds: in Oregon, nicknamed “Tracktown,” they won 33 medals, including 13 titles. Team USA thus equaled its record for gold medals (13 medals in 1993 in Stuttgart), and achieved the highest medal total in competition history in a single edition.
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