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Friday, August 22, 2008

U.S. drops baton in men's 4x100m relay, disqualified for finals

Tyson Gay (L) of the United States lost the baton during the men's 4 x 100m relay first round at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 21, 2008. The United States team did not finish the competition

The United States dropped the baton in the men's 4x100m relay on Thursday evening at the Beijing Olympic Games and was disqualified for the finals.

Trinidad & Tobago won the first round of the relay competition in 38.26 seconds, followed by Japan and the Netherlands. Four of the eight teams in the heat lost their batons on the wet track that is bathing in drizzle.

Tyson Gay, the best sprinter of the United States, became the biggest loser after the team failure. He was earlier disqualified for the men's 100m sprint finals and lost chance to line up with world record holder Usain Bolt to compete for the fastest man title in the Olympics.

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