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Felix wins sixth gold as US win 4x400m relay, GB take bronze

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Allyson Felix (USA) of USA celebrates as team USA win the gold

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ByBen Snowball
21/08/2016 at 00:19 | Updated 21/08/2016 at 02:31
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Allyson Felix won a sixth Olympic gold medal – two clear of any woman in athletics history – as the United States tore to victory in the women’s 4x400m relay, with Great Britain recovering brilliantly to take bronze.

Felix carried the American quartet to a sixth straight title in 3:19.06, with Jamaica clocking 3:20.34 for silver.

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The 30-year-old boasts five Olympic relay titles across the 4x100m and 4x400m, with her sole individual title coming in the 200m at London 2012.

The women's 4x400m podium

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GB’s medal hopes were in tatters when second-leg runner Anyika Onuora suddenly slumped down the order in the home straight, but Emily Diamond hauled them back into contention with a super lap.

A queue of athletes swarmed over Christine Ohuruogu as the battle for bronze went to the wire, but the 2008 Olympic champion refused to crack and secured GB a podium spot in 3:25.88.

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