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Jeneba Tarmoh earns World Championship silver with USA 4x100 relay

August 18, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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MOSCOW, Russia – Jeneba Tarmoh ran the opening leg of the United States 4x100 relay that earned a silver medal on Sunday, the final day of action at Luzhniki Stadium during the 14th IAAF World Championships.

Initially, the Americans placed third in the women’s 4x100 final with a time of 42.75 seconds to finish behind Jamaica, who set a national and championship record of 41.29, and France’s 42.73.

A disqualification of France for passing out of the zone moved the U.S. into the silver medal position with Great Britain (42.87) claiming bronze.

Joining Tarmoh on the relay, which posted a leading qualifying time of 41.82 in the prelims, were Alexandria Anderson, English Gardner and Octavious Freeman. Jamaica had the second best prelim time of 41.87with France third best at 42.25.

While the American squad enjoyed smooth baton exchanges in the prelim race, an early departure by Gardner for the second exchange in the final hampered the Americans chances of challenging Jamaica for the win. Freeman moved the U.S. from seventh to third on the anchor leg.

In the men’s 4x100 prelims Texas A&M incoming junior Shavez Hart anchored the Bahamas team to a national record of 38.70 seconds. The Bahamas placed sixth in their heat and did not advance to the finals.

The United States finished the World Championships with 25 medals, earning six gold, 14 silver and five bronze. Russia claimed the most gold with seven victories and totaled 17 medals. Jamaica matched the six gold medals by the Americans and finished with nine overall medals.

Breaking down the U.S. medal count had the men with four gold, eight silver and two bronze with the women claiming two gold, six silver and three bronze.

In the placing table, the United States totaled 282 points for the World Championships to easily outdistance Russia (183), Kenya (139), Germany (102) and Jamaica (100).

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