US women get relay gold, men trip
For the U.S. women’s relay team, this was a shock. For the men — more of the same. The women pulled a stunner over Jamaica in the 4x100 relay at world championships late Saturday, while the favored men finished second after the latest sloppy baton exchange in what has been a ritual since before anyone on this team was born. Andre De Grasse beat American Marvin Bracy to the line by .07 seconds to lift Canada to the victory in the men’s race in 37.48 seconds. Bracy fell behind in the anchor leg after twice reaching back and whiffing on the exchange from Elijah Hall, who went tumbling to the ground. “Not being clean cost us the race,” Bracy posted on Twitter. “No excuses. We let y’all down my apologies.” The U.S. women felt nothing but love. A clear underdog to a Jamaican team that had won all but one of the six sprint medals at this meet, the U.S. pulled the upset when Twanisha Terry, pictured held off 200 gold medalist Shericka Jackson for a .04-second victory. The American team, which also included Melissa Jefferson, Abby Steiner and Jenna Prandini, finished in 41.14.