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Perspective on the US 4x100m relays


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  • Perspective on the US 4x100m relays

    Just to put it in perspective:.

    Miscues with the baton in the 4x1 relays for the USA is actually a relatively recent occurance. Leaving out the boycotted Games of 1980, there have been 34 “major” meets (WC’s and OG’s) since the 4x1R was added to the Olympic schedule in 1912. During that time the US men won 24 medals, of which 22 were gold. They only lost 5 times when they finished the race. Unfortunately, they have not finished the race 7 times.

    Prior to 1995 the USA men had been DQ’d only once in 22 meets. They did not always win, but they had failed to finish only once. In the 12 meets since then they have been DQ’d 6 times.

    The women have fared a little better. The women’s 4x1R was first contested in 1932 and there have been 30 meets since then. The women have won 14 times and finished in the medals another 5 times. They lost 6 times when they actually finished the race. They have been DQ’d 4 times in the 12 meets since 1995. In the 18 meets prior to 1995 they were DQ’d twice.

    In total, the USA has won 36 golds out of 68 possible and medaled a total of 43 times. Since 1995 they have won 11 gold medals and medaled 13 times out of 24 possible races. They have been DQ’d a total of 10 times in these 24 races.

    (Hope this doesn't belong on the Historical Board).