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American women edge out Jamaica to win gold in 4×100 relay

Jamaica ruled the individual sprint events at the World Athletics Championships, but the U.S. got its revenge in the women’s 4×100 relay Saturday night.

The American team of Melissa Jefferson, Abby Steiner, Jenna Prandini and Twanisha Terry ran a world-leading time of 41.14 seconds to win gold over a loaded Jamaican all-star team on the penultimate day of the world meet at Hayward Field.

“It means everything to bring the gold back to America,” Prandini said during an on-track interview after the race.

“It just feels amazing,” Terry said. “I don’t really have any words to describe it.”

The silver medal Jamaican team congratulates the USA gold medal after the 4x100 relay at the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon Saturday July 23, 2022.

The Jamaicans swept the top three spots on the medal stand in the women’s 100 meters on Sunday and they went 1-2 in the 200 on Thursday, making them strong favorites to repeat as world champions in the 4×100.

Saturday’s final featured a heavily shuffled lineup, with the Jamaicans moving former Oregon sprinter Kemba Nelson from anchor to lead leg and subbing in the trio of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price, Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah, who finished 1-2-3 in the 100 meters. Jackson and Fraser-Pryce also won gold and silver in the 200.

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