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U.S. cruises to men’s 4x400 relay victory at World Championships (video)

LaShawn Merritt

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - AUGUST 16: (L-R) David Verburg, Tony McQuay, LaShawn Merritt and Arman Hall and David Verburg of the United States celebrate winning gold in the Men’s 4x400 metres relay final during Day Seven of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium at Luzhniki Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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The U.S. men’s 4x400-meter relay team won its fifth straight world title, bouncing back from a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics for gold at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Friday.

David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Arman Hall and LaShawn Merritt won in 2 minutes, 58.71 seconds. Jamaica earned silver in 2:59.88, edging Russia, which took bronze in 2:59.90.

The U.S. led after every leg with Hall, 19, handing off to the anchor Merritt with a comfortable cushion. Merritt, who won the individual 400 meters in Moscow, now owns six career World Championship gold medals.

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Merritt was unable to take part in the 4x400 at the London Olympics after pulling up in his first-round heat of the 400 with a hamstring injury. The Bahamas nipped the U.S. by .33 of a second for gold, the first time the U.S. was beaten to the finish line of an Olympic final since 1952.

The Americans have won the 4x400 world title at the last five meets and had not been beaten to the finish line since the 1991 World Championships. The U.S. has been disqualified at worlds since 1991, though.

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