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Tokyo Olympics: Team GB cruise into men’s 4x100m relay final but favourites USA CRASH OUT

Team GB cruise into men’s 4x100m relay final after finishing second in their heat – but favourites USA CRASH OUT of contention after disastrous run and a sixth-place finish in their race

Team GB‘s men’s 4x100m relay team reached Friday’s final after coming second in their heat while favourites USA crashed out of the competition. 

CJ Ujah, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Richard Kilty and Zharnel Hughes finished in 38.02 seconds in the first heat, finishing second behind Jamaica. 

Yet the big shock came in the second heat, as the USA team of Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley, Ronnie Baker and Cravon Gillespie finished sixth, done in by a series of bad exchanges that resulted in a time of 38.10 seconds. 

Team GB’s men’s 4x100m relay team reached Friday’s final after coming second in their heat

Yet favourites United States won't be in the final after mucking up a number of changeovers (Cravon Gillespie pictured)

Yet favourites United States won’t be in the final after mucking up a number of changeovers (Cravon Gillespie pictured) 

The USA team featured two of the individual 100m finalists in Kerley and Baker, the world leader Bromell and Gillespie, who also ran the heats en route to their 2019 world championship-winning team.

But despite the depth of talent on show, a shocking second changeover saw them lose all momentum.

Gillespie was unable to run them back into contention in a mass finish, with China the surprise heat winners in 37.92.

Gillespie was unable to run them back into contention as China won the second heat

 Gillespie was unable to run them back into contention as China won the second heat

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (R) sprints the final leg for the Brits who will be targeting a medal

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (R) sprints the final leg for the Brits who will be targeting a medal

Canada were second, two thousandths of a second behind, and Italy, helped by newly-crowned individual champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs, posted a national record 37.95 to also advance. 

After dominating the event for decades, a succession of disqualifications contributed to the United States not managing gold since 2000.

This is the latest setback in what has been a considerably below-par performance in Tokyo for the male side of the sport’s traditionally most powerful nation.

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