Not even Usain Bolt could overcome a big American lead as the U.S. men sprinted to a convincing victory over Jamaica in the 4×100 metres relay at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas yesterday.
Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay powered the Americans to a five-meter advantage through three legs of the highly anticipated race and Ryan Bailey brought the team home in 37.38 seconds.
Bolt, who had missed last year’s inaugural World Relays, made up ground on Bailey in their anchor leg but could not close the gap as Jamaica, running their 2013 World Championship team, finished second in 37.68.
The Americans’ time equalled the seventh-fastest ever over the distance, as all eight teams in the final, including third-placed Japan, earned automatic qualifying spots for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Great Britain failed to qualify, however, after missing out on a place in the A final by just 0.06 seconds.
They can still secure a place in Rio as long as they are one of the next best eight teams in the world rankings in July 2016.