Both US teams out of 4x100m relay

The United States’ miserable Olympic track and field campaign has continued as both the men’s and women’s 4×100 metres relay teams failed to qualify for the finals after dropping the baton.

The American men, who have won 17 of the 21 gold medals in the event, blundered first as Darvis Patton went to pass the baton to Tyson Gay.

The American women followed soon after with an identical final exchange mistake as it moved from Torri Edwards to Lauryn Williams on the final leg.

Gold medal favourites Jamaica moved seamlessly through to the final in both men’s and women’s races.

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