USA Stars Fail To Earn Stripes In More Athletics Woe
Tokyo, Aug 5 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Aug, 2021 ) :The United States underwhelming athletics campaign suffered further blows on Thursday with favourite Grant Holloway beaten in the 110 metres hurdles and their men's 4x100m relay team failing to qualify for the final.
But there was more disappointment in the men's triple jump.
The USA came as ever with great hopes of dominating track and field but have just four titles thusfar and missed out on the 100/200m sprint titles.
Holloway was circumspect about having led till the final hurdle only to be overhauled by Jamaica's Hansle Parchment.
"I just think the nerves, the big atmosphere got the best of me a little bit," said Holloway.
"This was not the outcome that I wanted but it enables me to say I'm an Olympic medallist." Only Fred Kerley of the relay quartet will be able to leave Tokyo saying he is an Olympic medalist having taken silver in the 100m individual event.
The US quartet of Trayvon Bromell, Kerley, Ronnie Baker and Cravon Gillespie trailed in sixth in a time of 38.10sec, a performance US sprint great Carl Lewis branded a "total embarrassment." - 'Chasing time' - Though the USA has suffered multiple disqualifications over the years, Thursday marked the first time an American 4x100m squad has failed to make the Olympic final from a completed heat.
Kerley was terse in his assessment of their performance.
"We just didn't get the job done today," he said.
"No excuses." Britain's performances on the track have also been hugely disappointing.
Their 200 world champion Dina Asher-Smith had pulled out of the 200m due to a hamstring problem earlier in the week but on Thursday she was fit enough to run a scintillating third leg of the 4x100m relay heat.
The British quartet won their heat setting a new national record of 41.55sec.
Asher-Smith revealed after bowing out in the semi-finals of the 100m she had been running with an injured hamstring.
However, she said after Thursday's run she was determined to line up in the relay.
"After the 100m I did say that there was no way that I wasn't going to be here for the girls in the 4x100m relay," said Asher-Smith.
"I've been training really hard this week, I only had one day off.
"It is just one of those things where I am chasing time and I need a few more sessions and I will be closer to where I am used to being."In the multi-discipline events Canada's Damian Warner leads in the decathlon and Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam in the heptathlon with both coming to a conclusion on Thursday evening.