Olympic athletics: US breaks women’s 4×100m relay world record

August 12th, 2012 - 12:25 am ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 11 (IANS) Allyson Felix ran the second leg to help the US win the women’s 4×100m relay in world record time here Friday as the Americans pulled away in the medals tally.

The US quartet of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter finished in 40.82 seconds, chopping 0.55 seconds off the old mark set by the communist German Democratic Republic in 1985, reports Xinhua.

“It’s an honour to be part of this team. Who would have thought that we would have had a world record tonight? It’s amazing. Our names are going down in history,” said Felix.

It is only the second world record to fall on the track in these Games, coming after Davida Rudisha broke the men’s 800m record Thursday.

Jamaica finished second, while Ukraine won a very creditable bronze medal.

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