U.S. men hold on for gold in 4×400-meter relay

RIO DE JANEIRO — The U.S. men’s 4×400-meter relay team held off a late challenge by Jamaica to rebound and win gold in the event — a day after the Americans’ 4×100 men’s team was disqualified.

The U.S. team of Arman Hall, Tony McQuay, Gil Roberts and LaShawn Merritt posted a time of 2 minutes, 57.30 seconds, 0.86 seconds ahead of Jamaica.

Felix anchors U.S. to 6th straight 4x400m gold

The U.S. women’s team won its sixth straight Olympic gold medal in the 4×400-meter relay Saturday. Allyson Felix, who anchored the win, won her ninth Olympic medal.

Bahamas clocked in at 2:58.49, edging Belgium by 0.03 seconds.

Merritt, serving as Team USA’s anchor, won his second medal of the Rio games. He won bronze in the 400 earlier this week.

He has has two gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and eight world championship gold medals stretching as far back as 2005.

The gold medal gives the United States a total of 31 track and field medals at the Rio Games, the highest total since the Americans won 31 in both 1952 and 1956. The most track and field medals won by the United States at a single Olympics was 35 at the Berlin Games in 1932.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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