The United States ran a near-perfect race in the women’s 4×100-meter relay Friday (Aug. 10), smashing a long-standing world record and earning another gold medal.
Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter completed the relay in 40.82 seconds, destroying the old record of 41.37 that East Germany had held since 1985. The relay was expected to be a battle between the United States and Jamaica, but while Jamaica did finish second, they came in several meters behind the U.S. Ukraine captured the bronze medal.
Madison ran a very fast first leg to put the U.S. in front, and each baton exchange went about as smoothly as it could.
Crossing the finish line, Jeter saw the clock, pointed and screamed as she knew she was bringing home a world record. She wins her third medal of the Olympics to go with silver in the 100 and bronze in the 200. Felix adds a relay gold to her individual win in the 200.