Tokyo Olympics: Team GB cruise to men’s 4x100m relay final, but favorites VS CRASH OUT

Team GB advance to the finals of the men’s 4x100m relay after finishing second in their heat – but the favorites USA CRASH OUT of the fray after a disastrous run and sixth in their race

Team GB’s 4x100m relay team men reached Friday’s final after finishing second in their heat as favorites USA crashed out of the competition.

CJ Ujah, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Richard Kilty and Zharnel Hughes finished heat 1 in 38.02 seconds and finished second behind Jamaica.

But the big shock came in the second moto, when the American team of Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley, Ronnie Baker and Cravon Gillespie finished sixth after a series of bad changes that resulted in a time of 38.10 seconds.

Team GB’s 4x100m relay team reached Friday’s final after finishing second in their heat

Still, favorites United States won't be in the final after screwing up some switchovers (Cravon Gillespie pictured)

Still, favorites United States won’t be in the final after screwing up some switchovers (Cravon Gillespie pictured)

The US team included two of the individual 100m finalists in Kerley and Baker, world leaders Bromell and Gillespie, who also ran the heats en route to their team winning the 2019 World Championship.

But despite the sheer amount of talent on display, they lost all momentum during a shocking second switch.

Gillespie was unable to bring them back into the fray in a mass finish, with China surprising heat winners in 37.92.

Gillespie couldn't bring them back into the fray when China won the second qualifying round

Gillespie couldn’t bring them back into the fray when China won the second qualifying round

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (R) sprints the last stage for the British aiming for a medal

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (R) sprints the last stage for the British aiming for a medal

Canada was second, two thousandths of a second behind, and Italy, aided by newly crowned individual champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs, set a national record of 37.95 to advance as well.

After decades of dominating the event, a succession of disqualifications has contributed to the United States not managing gold since 2000.

This is the latest setback in what was a significantly underperformance in Tokyo for the male side of the sport’s traditionally most powerful nation.

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