Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Where is she? Baffling moment Team USA make huge gaffe in mixed 4x400m relay
Watch the baffling moment Team USA make a huge gaffe in the mixed 4x400m relay with a baton exchange way outside the allowed area - although were the officials at fault? The unfortunate incident saw the Americans disqualified from the final, where they would have started as overwhelming favourites. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+
Where is she? Baffling moment USA make huge gaffe in mixed 4x400m relay
It meant that when teammate Elija Godwin handed across the baton, they were outside the changeover zone – an offence that almost always results in disqualification.
The USA cruised home to win the heat but were quickly booted out of Saturday’s final by officials.
However, it later emerged that the Americans were appealing the decision after saying the officials instructed Irby to stand at the wrong mark. The mistake was almost repeated by Brazil and Ukraine in the second heat only for the athletes on the second leg to scamper back, prompting track legend Michael Johnson to suggest the fault lay with the officials.
Should the disqualification stand, American legend Allyson Felix would be denied the chance to add to her Olympic medal haul. The nine-time medallist was tipped to be drafted into the line-up for the final.
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What are the 4x400m mixed relay rules?
Teams will be made up of two men and two women who will each do a lap of the track, passing a baton to their team-mate at the end of their lap.
It is down to the individual team to decide which order they choose to run in.
They could choose both men first and then the two women, or vice versa, or, decide to alternate between male and female runners.
Alongside the new 4x400m mixed relay there will also be the traditional 4x400m men's and 4x400m women's races.
When is the 4x400m mixed relay final at the Tokyo Olympics?
The final takes place just on Saturday at 13:35 BST, featuring Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Poland, Netherlands, Jamaica and Germany.
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