Members of the U.S. relay team hold their national flags after winning the men's 4x400 metres relay final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow (Reuters) - Eurosport
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USA bounce back from Olympic disappointment with relay gold

By Reuters
Last update The 16/08/2013 at 21:02 -
By Reuters - The 16/08/2013 at 21:02
World 400 metres champion LaShawn Merritt anchored an emphatic American men's 4x400 metres relay triumph on Friday, a year after they were stunned in the Olympic final by the Bahamas.

The U.S., who have won the world title at every world championships since 2005, had the race sewn up from David Verburg's opening leg, with Tony McQuay and Arman Hall extending the advantage to allow Merritt a comfortable last lap.

With Merritt uncatchable, a thrilling duel for second materialised with Jamaica just pipping Russia much to the disappointment of a vociferous crowd roaring home Vladimir Krasnov.

The Bahamas failed to qualify for the final.