US Olympic champion within the males’s 4×400 meter relay wins gold after a 4×100 error

TOKYO – It took longer than expected, but the US men’s team clinched their first gold medal on the track on day nine.

The men’s 4 x 400 meter relay with Michael Cherry, Michael Norman, Bryce Deadmon and Rai Benjamin sailed to a relatively comfortable win and took a gold medal in 2: 55.70.

Norman brought the US team into the lead in the second leg and handed over to Deadmon. Benjamin got the baton by the anchor leg and took it home.

The Netherlands finished second (2: 57.18) and Botswana came third (2: 57.27).

After the victory of world record holder Ryan Crouser in the shot put, it was only the second gold that the US athletics team won at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In the gold medal count, it was the worst performance by a US track and field team in a single Olympiad with the marathon still outstanding on Sunday. The team’s low point so far was three gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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