LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Carmelita Jeter of the United States, Bianca Knight of the United States, Allyson Felix of the United States and Tianna Madison of the United States celebrate next to the clock after winning gold and setting a new world record

Record Relays: USA Women Smash 4x100m World Best, Men See Streak Stop

Friday at the track was a historic day for Team USA, as the Americans won gold in women's 4x100m relay, smashing the world record in the process. The men settled for a rare silver in the 4x400m.

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Olympics 2012, Women's 1500m Results: American Morgan Uceny Takes Fall As Turkey Wins Gold

Morgan Uceny's 1500m run ended the same way her run at the 2011 World Championships ended: with her on the ground, no chance of winning, due to no fault of her own.

The race was tight. That's not a big problem in races of less than a track length, where runners each get their own lanes. But in distance races, where all the runners find themselves bunched together along the furthest inside lane jockeying for position, accidents can happen: runners legs can clip each other, and when that happens, runners fall. A runner caught Uceny's knee with one of her strides with less than a lap to go, Uceny tumbled to the ground, and just like that, her Olympics were over. If this had been a qualifying round, she could have appealed, as Oscar Pistorius' 4x400 team did to earn a spot in the final of that relay, but no such luck in the finals.


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Her anguish after losing will be able to fill the "agony of defeat" portion of slideshows for years to come. Uceny wasn't a favorite to win gold, but she had a shot at medaling. Luckily, she wasn't injured, but she leaves London without having had a real chance at winning.

Uceny would've been the first American woman to medal in the distance: in her place, two non-traditional track champions took her spot, as Turkey's Asli Cakir Alptekin and Gamze Bulut took gold and silver, while Bahrain's Maryam Yusuf Jamal won bronze. American Shannon Rowbury took sixth.

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2012 Olympics, Men's 4x400 Relay Results: United States Misses Gold For 1st Time Since 1980

The United States missed out on a gold medal in the men's 4x400-meter relay for the first time since 1980, finishing behind the Bahamas by just .33 seconds. Team USA did not participate in the event 32 years ago, or any event due to a boycott of the Moscow games. On Thursday, however, they were simply beat, fair and square.

Tony McQuay passed the baton to Angelo Taylor with the lead at the start of the anchor leg. Taylor anchored the gold medal foursome in Beijing, but was chased down and finally passed by Ramon Miller of the Bahamas within the final 75 meters of the race. The island nation was exuberant afterwards.

"For me, it's a joyful feeling," said Chris Brown, who ran the opening leg. "It's been a long journey for me. I've been here for a long time and this is my first Olympic gold medal. I've gotten silver and bronze before. It took me a long time. The United States is a tough team to beat."

The United States' relay team has had a rocky time in London, outside of the race itself. Lashawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner both had to be pulled out of the race before preliminaries due to injuries. To make matters worse, leadoff runner Manteo Mitchell broke his left fibula while in the final 200 meters of his leg during preliminaries. Mitchell finished his portion of the race, somehow, but had to watch his teammates race the finals in a walking boot. He celebrated nonetheless.

"I realize the significance," said Mitchell, who will receive a silver medal because he ran in the preliminaries. "But it's not about me. It's not about you. That's how Team USA operates. A lot of people on outside looking in think that this is an individual sport. But in the end, we're here to serve our countries."

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Men's 4x400m Relay Final: Bahamas Wins, U.S. Misses Gold For First Time Since 1980

The United States has been the dominant force in the men's 4x400-meter relay for the entirety of the event's Olympic existence. But an upstart Bahamas quartet turned the tables on the U.S. on Friday, winning the first track gold in the nation's history and stopping nearly three decades of American dominance.

Tony McQuay gave Angelo Taylor the baton and the lead entering the anchor leg of the relay, but Taylor, who won gold in the event in Beijing, was chased down by Ramon Miller on the last lap and passed in the final 75 meters. The Bahamas finished in 2:56.72 and the U.S. in 2:57.05.

The last time the U.S. failed to win the 4x400 was in 1980, when the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics. Team USA had won the last eight gold medals in the iterations of the event it entered, though it was later forced to vacate a medal earned with an ineligible runner in 2000.

Trinidad and Tobago held off Great Britain for bronze, beating out the Brits by .13 seconds.

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Team USA Sets World Record In 4x100m Relay, Smokes Jamaica For Gold

Jamaica's women's 4x100-meter relay team looked like the favorite entering Friday's final, with 100m gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and two-time bronze medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown running. And the Jamaicans did turn in the third-fastest time in the history in the event. But Team USA's fleet foursome smashed the world record and left the Jamaicans in their dust for gold.

Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, and Carmelita Jeter combined to run the final in 40.82 seconds, crushing the world record held by East Germany since 1985 by more than half a second, and thumping Jamaica (41.41) by almost six-tenths of a second.

The race, possibly the fastest in history, also featured Ukraine's four-woman team setting a national record at 42.04 seconds for bronze.

Felix's gold is the second of her Olympics. Jeter's gold gives her a medal of each color in London.

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Team USA Announces Lineups For Men's And Women's Relay Finals

The finals for the men's 4x400-meter relay and women's 4x100 relay at the 2012 Olympics both take place on Friday, and the speculation about who, exactly, will be selected for the teams from nations' "relay pools" is now over. Team USA announced its lineups for the men's 4x400 final and the qualifying rounds of the women's 4x400 on Friday.

The U.S. men have been dominant in the 4x400 for many years, winning every gold medal in the event since 1984, though their gold in 2000 was vacated retroactively. The 2012 foursome of Bryshon Nellum, Joshua Mance, Tony McQuay and Angelo Taylor only has one holdover from 2008 (Taylor), but is still a favorite to claim gold again, after tying the Bahamas for the fastest time in qualifying.

Team USA has been similarly competitive in the women's 4x100 from 1984 to 1996, winning four straight golds, but the Americans haven't topped the podium since Atlanta and haven't medaled since Sydney, where they took bronze. Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, and Carmelita Jeter give the U.S. a formidable quarter for Friday's final.

The final is also a long-awaited revival of the rivalry between Jamaica and the U.S. on the Olympic stage, and a chance for redemption for both squads, as handoff issues kept both from medaling in Beijing.

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