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Coleman, Lyles help U.S. end relay gold medal drought

Coleman, Lyles help U.S. end relay gold medal drought
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DOHA (Reuters) – The United States blazed to the 4×100 metres relay title at the world athletics championships on Saturday, setting a new American record of 37.10 seconds and ending a 12-year gold medal drought in the event.

Christian Coleman, world champion in the 100m, put the Americans ahead with a stunning start and 200m gold medallist Noah Lyles completed the job on the last leg.

Defending champions Britain took the silver in 37.36 seconds, a European record, as Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake failed to catch Lyles on the final straight.

Japan won bronze with a time of 37.43 seconds, an Asian record.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, editing by Ed Osmond)

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