U.S. sets world record in 4x400
Posted: Thursday July 23, 1998 02:20 AM
UNIONDALE, New York (AP) -- The United States men's 1,600-meter relay team, anchored by Michael Johnson, smashed the world record Wednesday night, clocking 2 minutes, 54.20 seconds in the Goodwill Games.
Johnson, who came into the games as an uncertain quantity because of injuries over the past year, capped the relay with the fastest leg, 43.1. "I didn't want to let these guys down," he said. "They ran great legs."
Jerome Young led off the relay with a 44.4 leg, and was followed by his coach, Antonio Pettigrew in 43.2 and Tyree Washington in 43.5, before Johnson finished off the record run. It broke by .09 seconds the previous mark of 2:54.29 by the U.S. team, also anchored by Johnson, at the 1993 World Chmpionships at Stuttgart, Germany.
"We wanted to come out here and do something special for New York, the United States and the Goodwill Games," Pettigrew added.
For the second straight day, Maurice Greene ran away from Donovan Bailey down the stretch, this time in the men's 400-meter relay, as the U.S. team beat archrival Canada in 37.90, the fastest time in the world this year and a Goodwill record. For a change, the Americans did not botch the handoffs, as the passes were clean from Jon Drummond to Tim Harden to Dennis Mitchell to Greene.
Bailey got the baton about a meter behind Greene, but did not have the speed to catch the world and Goodwill 100-meter champion, losing by nearly five meters.
"Can't nobody beat us at home," Greene said. "The U.S. is No. 1."
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