The mixed 4 × 400 meter relay of the Dominican Republic wins the silver medal

The mixed 4 × 400 meter relay of the Dominican Republic wins the silver medal

Historic day in Tokyo 2020. This meant the second medal for the Dominicans.

Photo: Alberto Estévez / EFE

Poland, with a quartet made up of Karol Zalewski, Natalia Kaczmarek, Justyna Swiety-Ersetic and Kajetan Duszynski won the first Olympic title in history in 4 × 400 meter mixed relay, a test recently introduced in the athletic program, beating by 34 hundredths, with a time of 3: 09.87, to a a fierce Dominican team that snatched the silver from the United States at the last gasp.

The Dominican team, who had been disqualified and then re-qualified in Friday’s series, formed it Lidio Andrés Feliz, Marileidy Paulino, Anabel Medina and Alexander Ogando.

America, with Trevor Stewart, Kendall Ellis, Kaylin Whitney and Vernon Norwood, had to bow to Ogando’s furious attack, who beat the last North American reliever by a single hundredth.

The teams from the United States, the Dominican Republic, Germany and Spain, among others, had lived a very long night. It was not until one o’clock in the morning that the Jury of Appeal ruled on the disqualifications of the first two, who were reinstated to the detriment of Germany and Spain, although the Germans, unlike the Spanish, were graced with a place in the final.

The event, introduced into the athletics program on the occasion of the Nassau Relay World Cup 2017, offers teams the right to choose your own order of intervention in the four postsAlthough almost all choose to start with one man, continue with two women and finish with the second male athlete.

The United States, with Wil London, Allyson Felix, Courtney Okolo and Michael Cherry, took the first world title in Doha 2019 with a world record included (3: 09.34).

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