The mixed relay team of 4×400-meter relays from Team USA was on an emotional rollercoaster Friday, after being disqualified and then reinstated due to an illegal baton pass at the Olympic inaugural event.
Team USA won the heat with an impressive time of 3:13.18 ahead. This was well ahead of all the other field competitors. The team received notification after the event that the group had been disqualified from the race for illegal baton passes. Video of the incident shows Elija godwin handing the baton over to Lynna Irby, who ran the second leg outside of the pass zone. Video captures Irby lining up in front of the others on her leg.
Here is the complete event including the illegal baton pass, and the post-race interview where runners were told they had been disqualified.
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This is everything you need about Team USA’s disqualification following their mixed 4×400 relay disaster.
What was the reason Team USA was disqualified from mixed 4×400 relays?
After Friday’s heat was over, NBC’s Lewis Johnson informed mixed 4×400 relay teams that they had been disqualified. He asked Irby for a replay and explanation before he announced the disqualification.
Irby stated, “So I see Godwin, my teammate, coming in, hauling ansies, representing Team USA.” I am the one who gets the baton. It does indeed look like the zone. But we will have to wait to see what the final results are.
Lewis informed Irby that the mixed 4×400 relay team was disqualified for having passed outside of the zone.
“Oh, my God. Irby stated that the exchange had ended. OK, that was disappointing. But lessons were learned.
Irby stated that the team had been practicing extensively for the baton pass over the past two days, but this was their first outing on the Olympic Stadium.
What was the reason Team USA was reinstated for the mixed 4×400 relay
The team appealed to the IOC after Team USA was disqualified. They argued that Irby had been told by an official where to stand, thereby absolving Team USA of any penalty.
Michael Johnson, a four-time Olympic gold medalist:
@TeamUSA Mixed 4×4 relay DQ’d. The 2nd runner was in the wrong place. Our @BBCSport coverage saw 2 athletes in heat 2 also lined up in the wrong place and corrected themselves last minute. They were either wrongly lined up or they didn’t provide direction. The United States should be awarded the appeal.
— Michael Johnson (@MJGold)June 30, 2021
Lance Brauman (Irby’s track coach) stated the same in an interview with IndyStar. He blamed an error on the IndyStar for the penalty. The IOC seemed to agree with the United States and reinstated the team, after having initially been disqualified.
Team USA will participate in Saturday’s mixed 4×400 relay at 8:35 am. ET. That also leaves open the possibility that Allyson Felix — who could run in Saturday’s final — will win yet another Olympic medal. She would be the most decorated woman in Olympic track & field history if she won a medal in one of her potential Tokyo Games events. Felix is America’s only track and field Olympian with more medals than Carl Lewis (11).
Publited Sat 31 July 2021 at 01:06:38 +0000