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Olympic: NIgeria Wins Bronze

Posted by By ROB GLOSTER, AP Sports Writer on 2004/08/28 | Views: 919 |

Olympic: NIgeria Wins Bronze


The British won in 38.07 seconds, and the Americans won silver in 38.08 -- after saying for days they would threaten the world record of 37.40. Nigeria took bronze.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Stymied by a sloppy handoff in the middle of the race, the United States lost to Great Britain by a hundredth of a second Saturday night in the 400-meter relay -- a race the American men usually dominate.


U.S. anchor Maurice Greene took the baton in second place and made up ground on Britain's Mark Lewis-Francis, but could not catch him. The two leaned at the finish, and Lewis-Francis immediately turned to yell at Greene.


The British won in 38.07 seconds, and the Americans won silver in 38.08 -- after saying for days they would threaten the world record of 37.40. Nigeria took bronze.


The U.S. relay was undermined by a poor handoff from its second runner, 100-meter gold medalist Justin Gatlin, to Coby Miller. That cost precious hundredths of seconds, and left Greene with too much territory to make up.


The United States has won the relay 15 of the 20 times it has been run, not including the boycotted 1980 Moscow Games. But the Americans have failed to win the relay in three of the last five Olympics.

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