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Team USA goes 5-1 against the World in Penn Relays

Team USA goes 5-1 against the World in Penn Relays

An All-Star team in the men's distance medley relay prevented the Americans from sweeping the "U.S.A vs. the World" races in the Penn Relays at Franklin Field on Saturday.
Kenyans Solomon Birir and Bernard Kiptum, Congo's Gary Kikaya and American Courtney Jaworski won in 9 minutes, 29.44 seconds. An American team with no Olympic experience or top world sprinters finished second.
"I don't mind stealing their thunder," Jaworski said. "It was fun. The USA teams are out here to win it and the crowd's definitely with them. It's kind of awkward being the team that's not all from the same country."
Both of the Team USA 400 relay teams coasted to easy wins, with the women finishing in 42.87 and the men at 38.35. The women's sprint medley relay team won in 3:38.89, and both of the 4x400 relay teams came away with victories. The men in 2:59.18; the women in 3:24.70.
Mary Wineberg, Allyson Felix, Moushami Robinson, Debbie Dunn led Team USA to a win in the 4x400; Andrew Rock, Derrick Brew, LaShawn Merritt, Darryl Williamson won the men's 4x400.
Lisa Barber, Felix, Muna Lee, and Lauryn Williams won the 400.
The normally boisterous crowd of 46,363 was hushed when the Jamaican team botched the first handoff in the sprint medley relay and was quickly taken out of the race, leading to perhaps the quietest race in the meet's 113-year history.
"It's unfortunate we never got a chance to run," said top sprinter Sherone Simpson of Jamaica.
Not that it bothered the American squad of Rachelle Smith, Miki Barber, Monica Hargrove and Hazel Clark.
Clark said she had trouble sleeping because she was so excited about running against the Jamaicans. Once they were eliminated and the usually boisterous crowd was silenced, some of the fun was sapped from the finish.
"They're so great and they're so funny," Clark said. "They start dancing in the stands as soon as they feel you're going to get caught."


Updated : 2021-03-03 20:38 GMT+08:00