The look on Carmelita Jeter’s face says it all. The US women 4X100-meter relay win gold in an awesome finish setting a World record. Carmelita Jeter crossed the finish line pointing toward the clock, the accomplishment was almost entirely unexpected: 40.82 seconds, slashing more than a half-second off of a world record that had stood for 27 years.
Tianna Madison, 200-meter champion Allyson Felix and Bianca Knight gave the U.S. a big lead heading into the anchor leg by Jeter, who already owned a silver medal from the 100 and a bronze from the 200 in London.
The US women earned redemption this win to end a string of disappointments for the U.S. in the event. At Beijing four years ago, the Americans didn’t even reach the final because Torri Edwards and Lauryn Williams bobbled the last exchange in the semifinals.
Jamaica won the silver medal Friday in a national record of 41.41 seconds, with 100 champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart bringing the baton around.
The bronze went to the Ukraine.