Canada's Brannen can't quite hold off Kenya's Kithii. Photo by Rich Sands

Canada's Brannen can't quite hold off Kenya's Kithii. Photo by Rich Sands

A truly international field: Australia, Canada, France and Kenya take on a pair of U.S. teams.

Matthew Lincoln gives Canada the early lead and Tyler Christopher maintains it. Khadveis Robinson (USA Blue) is stalking Canada’s Gary Reed on the 800 leg, and hands off in first.

Four anchor legs — Canada, Kenya and the two American squads — run together for three and a half laps of the anchor leg. Nate Brannen of Canada jumps first and looks to have it locked up, until Kenya’s Josephat Kithii motors by in the final strides for the slimmest of margins, 9:22.04 to 9:22.05. USA White takes third (9:23.65). Results.

Kithii’s split: 3:52.79, to 3:54.34 for Brannen.

Notable splits for USA Blue (4th place, 9:24.43): Xavier Carter 44.84 and Khadevis Robinson (1:44.04), both fastest of the race.