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U.S. loses appeal of disqualification in men's relay

Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers of the U.S. 400-meter relay team. (Peter Klaunzer / EPA)
Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers of the U.S. 400-meter relay team. (Peter Klaunzer / EPA)

USA Track and Field’s appeal of the disqualification of the men’s 400-meter relay team has been denied, according to several reports.

The U.S. quartet finished third in the final on Friday but soon afterward was disqualified because of a faulty baton exchange between leadoff runner Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin in which Rodgers passed it too early. Jamaica won, followed by Japan. Canada, which had finished fourth, was elevated to third following the U.S. disqualification.  

U.S. officials filed a protest with the Jury of Appeals of the International Assn. of Athletics Federations. The rejection of the appeal was first reported by Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated, who cited an official of the IAAF as saying all protests and appeals were rejected, leaving all results to stand. Associated Press also reported the protest had been rejected. 

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