Usain Bolt has basically dominated the headlines when it comes to track and field events but it might just be time to recognize the success the United States women’s team is having in London. After earning eight medals – including two golds – individually on the track, the women raced together on Friday in the 4×100 and beat out the Jamaican team in world record style.
The women finished at 40.82, shaving .55 off the previous record of 41.37 set by East Germany in 1985, beating out Jamaica who took the silver medal with a time of 41.41. Ukraine earned the bronze with a time of 42.04.
The foursome of Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Tianna Madison and Carmelita Jeter looked ready to go and were joking around before they headed out to take their spots on the track. The team had come a long way since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, when the women’s 4×100 team was disqualified after dropping a baton in the semifinal run, but it had to have been on their mind beforehand this time around.
Throughout the games, the U.S. and Jamaica have gone back and forth in women’s track, with Jamaica claiming the gold and bronze in the 100 meters and the U.S. following it up with the same medals in the 200 meters. But it was time for the red, white and blue to show exactly what they were capable of.
"I knew we could challenge the world record," said Madison. "To smash it, I had no idea."
The race was close the entire time and wasn’t decided until the end, at which point Jeter crossed the finish line, pointed to the track scoreboard and went nuts after seeing the new world record. With the win, it puts women’s track among the most successful of all U.S. teams at London, which comes as a bit of a shock considering the believed dominance of men’s swimming.
"It's the most comfortable we've ever been," Felix said. "We were laughing and smiling. We've never been like that."
Current Medal Count:
United States: 94
Great Britain: 57