The U.S. males’s sprinters entered the Tokyo Olympics anticipated to dominate the sphere. As a substitute, they are going to go away the summer time video games with no particular person gold medals for the primary time ever.
The U.S. nonetheless has probably the most medals in males’s sprinting in Tokyo, taking dwelling 4 silvers and one bronze. Whereas that will be a worthy efficiency for a lot of nations, among the greatest names within the historical past of observe are calling out the staff for being a humiliation.
American legend Michael Johnson — a four-time Olympic gold medalist who competed within the video games from 1992-2000 — ripped into the U.S. 4x100m relay staff after they did not qualify for the ultimate. Johnson tweeted: “US 4×1 failures come all the way down to lack of management. Relay members report confusion, lack of communication, and little or no follow. This after 2 many years of failure. Nonetheless not realizing having the quickest athletes isn’t sufficient. Drawback will proceed till there’s true management.”
US 4×1 failures come all the way down to lack of management. Relay members report confusion, lack of communication, and little or no follow. This after 2 many years of failure. Nonetheless not realizing having the quickest athletes isn’t sufficient. Drawback will proceed till there’s true management.
— Michael Johnson (@MJGold) August 6, 2021
Johnson’s criticism comes on the heels of Carl Lewis’ scathing indictment of the identical relay staff. Lewis referred to as the U.S. efficiency a ‘clown present’ in an interview with USA At the moment:
“It’s unacceptable. It’s so disheartening to see this as a result of it’s individuals’s lives. We’re simply enjoying video games with individuals’s lives. That’s why I’m so upset. It’s completely avoidable. And America is sitting there rooting for america after which they’ve this clown present. I can’t take it any extra. It’s simply unacceptable. It’s not arduous to do the relay.”
Lewis additionally despatched out this tweet:
The USA staff did all the pieces incorrect within the males’s relay. The passing system is incorrect, athletes working the incorrect legs, and it was clear that there was no management. It was a complete embarrassment, and fully unacceptable for a USA staff to look worse than the AAU youngsters I noticed .
— Carl Lewis (@Carl_Lewis) August 5, 2021
The U.S. 4x100m relay staff completed sixth of their warmth and did not qualify for the ultimate. You possibly can watch the total race right here.
Right here’s the ultimate leg of the occasion:
Whereas the anchor failed to shut the hole on the finish of the race, the Individuals’ greatest misstep was a defective second baton go between Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley. You possibly can watch that baton go right here.
It’s the primary time the U.S. males have did not make the ultimate within the 4×100 since 2008. Dangerous passes have been an issue for the U.S. on this occasion earlier than. The 2016 Rio staff obtained DQ’d for one more dangerous go within the closing warmth.