Bromell Anchors Team USA 4x100-Meter Relay

Posted at 10:16 PM, Aug 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 23:16:25-04

Despite helping Team USA’s 4x100-meter relay finish third, former Baylor track and field sprinter Trayvon Bromell will have to wait four years for another chance at his first Olympic medal, after the Americans were disqualified in the event final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Friday.

At Olympic Stadium, the disqualifying infraction happened on the opening handoff as Mike Rodgers passed the baton to Justin Gatlin prior to entering the exchange zone. However, Team USA continued on to complete the race and did not find out about the disqualification until several minutes after the race.

Bromell, who was hindered by an Achilles injury in the 100-meter Olympic final, faced a small deficit on his anchor run and tumbled across the finish line behind Jamaica’s Usian Bolt and Japan’s Aska Cambridge, but ahead of Canada’s Andre De Grasse. The New Balance professional, who competed at BU in 2014 and 2015, was carted off the track in a wheelchair after his fall at the finish line.

Despite Bromell and Gaitlin not running in the first round of the 4x100-meter relay, the United States’ quartet of Rodgers, Christian Coleman, Gay and Jarrion Lawson had the fastest qualifying time of 37.65 on Thursday.


In his first Olympics, Trayvon Bromell individually also finished eighth in the 100-meter final with a time of 10.06.

Bromell’s run wraps up the 2016 track season for current and former Bears. Baylor’s cross country squads open their 2016 season Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Bear Twilight Invitational. 

4x100-Meter Relay - Finals 
-- USA (Rodgers, Gatlin, Gay, Bromell) - DQ