USA Red Wins Thrilling Battle in Women’s USA vs the World 4×400

Sanya does it again (photo by Kim Spir)

Sanya Richards-Ross may not have had the fastest split, but she proved she still knows how to race. The world champion held off charges from both USA Blue’s Monica Hargrove and Jamaica’s┬áKaliese Spencer to give USA Red the win, in 3:22.92.

USA Red had the early lead, but USA Blue’s first two legs, Dee Dee Trotter, Francena McCoroy kept in close. In fact, McCoroy ran an outstanding 49.8 split to pass Allyson Felix and hand off in the lead.

The two American teams had a comfortable lead on the Jamaicans at the final exchange, but Spencer tore down the backstretch en route to a 50.59 split. In the end, Richards-Ross had enough left to give USA Red the victory, with USA Blue (3:23.17) and Jamaica (3:23.82) close behind.

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