The women blazed through the race in 41.01 seconds in a lane one position in front of a raucous crowd

By Tiare Dunlap
August 19, 2016 09:55 PM
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“We did it!”

That was Tianna Bartoletta’s reaction to her teammates after their dominating victory Friday night in the women’s 4×100-meter relay at the Rio Olympic Games.

The women blazed through the race from a lane one position in 41.01 seconds, in front of a raucous crowd.

Teammate Allyson Felix had an extra reason to celebrate: The win netted her a record-breaking gold medal – making her the first women U.S. Olympic history to win five gold medals in track and field.

“It was all about trusting Allyson – executing once again and we were gonna get the job done, Gardner said. “It’s humble experience I feel like I had the easiest job of them all just cross the finish line.”

“I wanted it really bad,” Felix added. “I wanted to share it with them.”

After the race, Felix, Bartoletta and teammates Tori Bowie and English Gardner gathered in a group hug and prayed, as has been tradition.

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Team U.S.A. had a tumultuous path to the final: They were initially disqualified after Felix dropped the baton in the heats. But the team lodged an appeal on the grounds that the baton drop was caused by interference from another runner.

The appeal was accepted and the women re-raced the heat alone, coming in with the fastest qualifying time in a race against the clock.

The Friday victory is not unexpected: Team U.S.A. was the defending champion after winning gold and setting a world record of 40.82 at the London Olympics.