US 4×400 mixed relay team finally returns


The Tokyo-US mixed 4×400 relay team returned to the finals on Saturday due to an official mistake, and a World Athletics spokesman was disqualified for exchanging batons outside the switching zone on Friday. After that, he said.

According to the organizers of Tokyo 2020, the American team of Elija Godwin, Lynna Irby, Taylor Manson and Bryce Deadmon has been revived by a jury decision.

The organizer said in a statement that the Dominican Republic team, which was also disqualified on Friday, returned to play in the final after a successful appeal.

“Both teams will return after the appeal and will compete in the first Olympic mixed relay final at 21:35,” the statement said.

The American quartet set the fastest time in their heat on Friday, ahead of the Dominican Republic, which set a national record before being disqualified.

The USA Track & Field did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the situation surrounding reinstatement.

The Olympic organizers had not added the United States to the start list of the medal race by Saturday morning.

The United States won the gold medal in mixed relay, which was the first in Doha to compete in the World Championships in 2019. It is popular to win the first Olympic gold medal at this event.