Leave it to the Americans to try and steal Usain Bolt's thunder! (Key word: try.) On Friday, lighting struck thrice as Bolt captured the elusive triple-triple. Jamaica captured gold in the men's 4x100 meter relay, allowing the track mega star to leave Rio with gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m.
Bolt has now won nine gold medals in his Olympic career, tying Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi for the most by a track athlete.
As for the Americans, it looked like the Team USA was set to pick up a medal in this event for the first time since 2004, but they were disqualified because the first handoff between Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin was deemed to have occurred outside the exchange zone. As a result, Canada was elevated to bronze.
To say the Americans have a baton problem is an understatement. In four of the last six relays, both the men and women have been DQ'ed for issues with the handoff. The baton was also knocked out of Allyson Felix's hand Thursday during a qualifying heat, but the team successfully won their appeal and went on to win gold.
The men's team appealed their disqualification as well, but the original decision stood. Gatlin called the whole situation a 'nightmare' -- and he was right.