One year after a botched 400 relay at the Olympics in China last year, both the men and women’s team managed to disqualify themselves once again at the World Championships in track & field in Berlin. The men passed the baton out of the excahnge zone and made an appeal but to no avail. Perhaps they should have practiced more.
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, chief of sport performance for USATF, said the men were as prepared as possible. However, their performance seems to indicate otherwise. How do you get disqualified at both the Olympics and World Championships back to back? Are you kidding me Benita? Surely there are going to be questions and people are going to be held accountable, right? How much more embarrassing can it get? Aren’t hand-offs something you start practicing in middle school? What other kind of excuses can they think of? Why not just admit that they choked and screwed up? How in the world could Mosley claim they were as prepared as possible? The men couldn’t even get the baton exchanged in the zones all the way around the track. And this happens after the huge boff at the Olympics last year. Maybe the coaches at USATF should try NOT coaching–or perhaps they already are–because if they are coaching, it sure doesn’t seem to be working. What a joke!!!!!
Evidently the women felt sorry for the men. Because sure enough, the women’s 400 meter relay team wasn’t able to get the baton around the track either. All the reports say Muna Lee pulled a hamstring… or something like that. But it is clearly obvious, before she pulled anything, the women botched the handoff on the second exchange. Afterwards, the other 3 runners had her back, exclaimed they had great chemistry, and hoped Muna would be ok. While they kept a good attitude, they must have felt like they didn’t need to explain or be held accountable for yet another botched exchange. They seemed to want to blame Lee’s hamstring pull–not the fact that they couldn’t get the baton to her and the runner behind her practically stepped on top of her. Maybe they should care less about how they look and more about their performance.
What used to once be an event the Americans owned, has now become an event that the Americans continue to bring embarrassment and disappointment in. Sure there have been other golds and accomplishments, but Mosley, for pete’s sake, at least get the batons around the track. I’m not sure how much more embarrassment the U.S. can take.