US Women Shatter 4×100 Relay World Record

A n iconic image of sprinter Carmelita Jeter tops off a record-setting 4×100 relay m4s0n501

I watched a lot of the Olympics.  And honestly, I sat through most of it just to see the track & field.  More to the point, while I’m happy for and proud of Gabby Douglas, nothing made me happier than watching Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, and Carmelita Jeter break a 32-year-old record by over 3/4 of a second.  That’s incredible given that sprint contests are decided on hundredths of seconds.  The old record dates back to 1980 when the East Germans dominated the sprints.  Some said it was through performance-enhancing drugs. We’ll never know.  The important thing to remember is that these four women did the damn thing and left us with some iconic images, such as Jeter (above) pointing at the clock.

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  • Lucy

    I also sat through most of the Olympics, to watch the Track and Field events. Watching Team USA run the relay, was incredible. The girls worked together, and they seemed to glide across the track with ease. When I found out that the relay I had been waiting to see was scheduled during an event for my job at Dish; I was quick to program my Hopper. I was able to watch the race commercial free, and with 2,000 hours of recording space, I had plenty of room for the rest of the events. I was on my feet cheering on the girls as they broke the world record, an Olympic moment I’ll never forget.