After dropped baton, U.S. women get 2nd chance to make 4x100m relay final

BY Allyssa Lee • November 15, 2016

The United States' women's relay team made good on their second chance to advance to the 4 x 100-meter final on Thursday.

After a drop baton earlier that morning looked to ruin the team's chance to defend their Olympic title, the team successfully contested that Allyson Felix was bumped by a Brazilian runner in her handover, and were given another opportunity to qualify.

Hours later, Felix, Gardner, Morolake Akinosun and Tianna Bartoletta re-ran the race on the same lane ... by themselves ...

... to finish their heat in 41.77 seconds — the second-fastest time of the year — qualifying them for the 4 x 100m relay final on Friday.

The baton drop.