Leadoff runner Tianna Bartoletta was already waiting for Bowie for an embrace and to celebrate the second-fastest time in history behind the world record that Felix and company set to win the gold at London in 2012.
Felix, who also won gold in the 400 relay and silver in the 400 meters, ran the final leg of the race as the Americans won in 3 minutes, 19.06 seconds. The United States heads into the final weekend of the Olympics with 27 medals in track and field, including 10 golds, and a legitimate shot to reach the coveted 30 mark.
Felix earned her fifth gold medal last night, running the second leg of the 4x100m as the USA team won its second consecutive Olympic title. "You earned a gold medal in them". Max Meyer scored the equalizer for Germany in the 59th. He returned in extra time to put away the Germans.
Since the women's 4x400 made its Olympic debut at the 1972 Games, the US women have a long history of standing on the podium. She beat Sweden's Nicola Spirig Hug and Great Britain's Vicky Holland in the run for the top prize. Margaret Wambui of Kenya took bronze in 1:56.89.
Shakur Stevenson will fight for gold against Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana from Cuba.
NPR reports that at the Beijing 2008 Summer Games, the team dropped the baton and didn't reach the final; the squad's silver medal finish in the London 2012 Olympics was voided a year ago over the doping suspensions (both Gay and Gatlin); and Gay was disqualified in 2009 for a bad handoff. Diana Taurasi scored 17 points and had three rebounds and three assists in the victory.
- The men's 1,500-meter race has a medal contender in Matthew Centrowitz. Team USA's Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo originally finished in second with an excellent kick, and was later disqualified for a push before being reinstated around an hour later to finally secure second. He is the American 10,000 meter record holder (26:48.0) and won five NCAA titles (cross country, indoor 3,000 and 5,000 meters, outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 meters) as a senior at OR in 2008-09.
For the USA track team it closes out a strong performance in Rio: 31 medals. After the disqualification, the bronze went to Canada.
It wasn't quite the procession that was expected, however, with the U.S. quartet having to work hard for their victory against the Jamaicans, who finished with silver.
Dilshod Nazarov handed Tajikistan their first ever Olympic gold medal when he won the men's hammer. The Ducks surpassed that total in 2016 with Brianne Theisen-Eaton's heptathlon silver and English Gardner's 4x100 meter relay gold joining Francis.
On Sunday, Frank Aniello Molinaro faces Poland's Magomedmurad Gadhiev in the men's wrestling 65 kg 1/8 final.
The men's team was not so lucky.