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World Indoors Athletics

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SOPOT, POLAND: March 10, 2014 – Ashton Eaton came close in the heptathlon and Ivan Ukhov wasn’t quite at his best in the high jump, but the enthusiastic Sopot crowd were finally rewarded with a world indoor record* in the final event of the championships, the men’s 4x400m.
There had been some talk beforehand that the Jamaican team would be targeting the world indoor record of 3:02.83 that had stood to the USA since the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Maebashi. But instead it was the USA who was in record-breaking form.
First-leg runner Kyle Clemons caught Britain’s Conrad Williams at the end of the first leg as they both handed over in 45.98. David Verburg then went into the lead, covering his two laps in 45.62.
Kind Butler maintained the momentum with his 45.41 split before handing over to Calvin Smith, who brought the baton home in 45.12, crossing the line in a world indoor record of 3:02.13 to secure the USD $50,000 world record bonus offered by the IAAF.
It should be noted that a US team ran 3:01.96 in 2006, but the time could not be ratified as a world indoor record as no drug testing took place.
Great Britain held off Jamaica for the silver medal, clocking 3:03.49 to Jamaica’s national indoor record of 3:03.69.
Less than an hour prior, the US team also struck gold in the women’s 4x400m. They led from the outset with Natasha Hastings handing over to Joanna Atkins in 51.95. Atkins put in a 50.85 split to hand over to Francena McCorory.
The individual 400m champion McCorory clocked 50.36, the fastest of the team, before Cassandra Tate ran the anchor in 51.67.
Their winning time of 3:24.83 was a North American indoor record; a time that has only ever been beaten by Russia.

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