Late-night backflip on US disqualification

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The US men person a agelong past of dicey baton exchanges successful the Olympic relays. So bash the U.S. women.

Their latest was a first-of-its-kind accidental to flub 1 together, which they mightiness have, but they caught a interruption that gives them a accidental to inactive triumph a medal.

The country's hard past successful relay races reappeared successful the Olympic debut of the 4x400m mixed relay erstwhile the squad was disqualified for a atrocious exchange, lone to beryllium reinstated aft filing a middle-of-the-night protestation that got resolved aboriginal Saturday successful Japan.

Officials primitively ruled that Lynna Irby had positioned herself extracurricular the passing portion erstwhile she received the speech from Elija Godwin successful Friday night's preliminary heat.

Later, they overturned that determination connected appeal. USA Track and Field announced the alteration but did not supply details of what happened. The Dominican Republic besides had been disqualified but was aboriginal reinstated.


Teams jostle for presumption successful the 4x400m mixed relay successful Tokyo. (Sportsfile via Getty Images)

In the 4x400, officials nonstop the adjacent radical of runners onto the way to effort to support a semblance of bid successful the sometimes-crowded speech zone. Runners tin beryllium each spot arsenic attuned to wherever the officials archer them to enactment up arsenic to the teammate astir to springiness them the baton.

"Mistakes happen," Godwin said earlier the appeal. "We are human. We bash marque mistakes."

Because the determination was overturned, Allyson Felix could get a accidental to triumph her grounds 10th Olympic medal Saturday night. She helped the US triumph this contention successful its debut astatine the satellite championships 2 years ago.

If she is placed successful the lineup for the final, she tin interruption a necktie with Jamaican large Merlene Ottey for the astir women's way medals successful Olympic history. Felix volition besides tally adjacent week successful the women's 400 and could person a spot successful the women's 4x400 adjacent weekend.

Lynna Irby of Team United States carries the baton portion competing successful the 4x400 Relay Mixed Round 1 connected time 7 of the Tokyo Olympic Games. (Getty)

This was the latest section successful agelong drawstring of play for the US successful relays. Much of it has travel successful the shorter 4x100 relay wherever the walk is simply a much method and time-sensitive move.

A "DQ" astatine the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games marked the ninth clip since 1995 the men had botched the relay astatine a satellite championships oregon Olympics.

The women misconnected astatine the 2004 and 2008 Games and got unopen retired of the medals.

This latest occurrence is much reminiscent of 2016.

Felix was connected the US women's squad that was initially disqualified from the preliminaries for an amerciable walk successful the 4x100. But they protested due to the fact that Felix got jostled by different runner. Hours later, they came backmost to the way to tally a clip proceedings with nary different squad connected the track. That precocious them to the final, wherever they won easily.

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