U.S. men disqualified after 4×100 meter relay

United States' Justin Gatlin competes in a men's 200-meter semifinal during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)–The U.S. men’s relay has done it again, being disqualified after crossing the line in third place in the men’s 4×100.

Leadoff runner Mike Rodgers passed the baton to Justin Gatlin outside the exchange zone. This marked the ninth time since 1995 the U.S. men have been disqualified or failed to get the baton around at Olympics or world championships.

Canada was elevated to third place on Friday in a national record 37.64 seconds.

Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to yet another win — his ninth Olympic gold medal — and Japan finished a surprising second.

The team from Trinidad and Tobago was also disqualified.

Earlier in the night, the U.S. women won gold in their own 4×100 event.


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