In the men’s 4×100-meter relay on Saturday, a botched final handover cost the United States the gold medal as Canada stormed down the final straight to win the global title.
Up until the final switch between Elijah Hall and Marvin Bracy, who wasted time with a lethargic exchange, the Americans appeared poised to retain their title.
Andre De Grasse, a Canadian anchor, took advantage of the situation and overtook Bracy on the last leg.
Britain received the bronze medal.
De Grasse, the Olympic 200-meter champion who had missed a significant training phase owing to COVID-19 and a foot injury early in the season, gave an incredible last push.
Earlier in the competition, he withdrew from the 200m, and as a result, he was unable to advance to the 100m final.
I’m glad to be here, he remarked. I’m really pleased to be here.
It was Canada’s first world gold in the competition since 1997.
The Americans kept the same starting lineup as Friday’s semifinal and were led by Doha 100m winner Christian Coleman, who successfully handed off to Noah Lyles.
Bracy tried to make up for the time lost since the last baton pass, but the US again fell short.
Despite having an abundance of sprinting talent, American teams have only taken home three global championships since 2001 and haven’t finished first in the Olympic standings since Sydney.