Friday night (Aug. 19), the U.S. men’s 4×100 relay team was the third team to cross the finish line, but as they were finishing their victory lap it was revealed that leadoff runner Mike Rodgers had passed the baton to Justin Gatlin prior to entering the handoff zone. The team was disqualified, and this morning (Aug, 20), it was reported that their appeal was denied.
U.S.A. Track and Field just after midnight Aug. 20, and the International Association of Athletics Federations countered with their denial after only an hour of consideration.
Re: USATF appeal of 4X100 relay, per IAAF’s Anna Legnani last night: “All protests and appeals rejected. All results stand.” USA DQ.
— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) August 20, 2016
Earlier this week, the U.S. women’s relay team contested a minor physical encounter between the state’s Allyson Felix and Brazilian sprinter Kauiza Venancio, which forced Felix to drop the baton before successfully handing it off to English Gardner. They were granted another chance to qualify for the 4x4oo relay, and ultimately won the match once it came time for the finals.