Rio de Janeiro - The United States are to seek reinstatement
to the women's 4x100m relay after a dropped baton drama at the Olympics on
The defending champions tumbled out in their opening heat
after a bungled second baton changeover between Allyson Felix and English
Replays of the exchange appeared to show Brazilian third leg
runner Kauiza Venancio bump into Felix as she prepared to hand off to Gardner.
The contact threw Felix off balance, dropping the baton as
she attempted to pass it off.
"I think I got propelled at about 20 miles an hour.
When a foreign object comes in front of you, it's going to mess up the momentum
and the handover," Felix said.
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The heat was won by Germany's quartet in 42.18sec ahead of
Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, and Brazil.
In the other semi-final, Jamaica stormed to victory in
The Jamaican women -- including heavyweight veterans
Veronica Campbell-Brown and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce -- were pushed all the way
by Britain, who finished in 41.93sec.
Jamaica's newly-crowned 100m and 200m champion Elaine
Thompson sat out the heat but will return for the final.
"We are putting things together well but we'll have to
change a few things for the final," Campbell-Brown said.
"There will be some changes that you will see tomorrow,
Elaine will definitely be on."For
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