Sprinters

 

4 x 100 meter sprint relay

The Olympic 4x100 meter relay is an exciting event as fans get to see the fastest sprinters from each country in one event.  The US team has historically had some difficulty with the baton relay as it has been disqualified on multiple occasions for dropping the baton.  How difficult can it be to pass a baton?  Well, remember that these sprinters are running at ~25 miles per hour or more and someone else is running away from them.

Jamaica's men 4x100 meter relay team wins the 2009 World Championships in Berlin in 37.31 seconds as the American team fails to advance to the finals due to a baton passing violation  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IH2jPT81kc     

Jamaica's men's 4x100 meter relay team wins the Olympic gold setting a new world record of 37.10 in the 2008 Bejing games 

US men's 4x100 meter relay team wins the 2000 Olympic final 

Great Britain wins the 4x100 meter relay in the 2004 Olympic final beating out the US team

US women win 2007 World Championship 4x100 meter relay in 41.98