The U.S. women's 4x100-meter relay team just got a huge win off the track in Rio de Janeiro.
The squad will re-run for a spot in the 4x100-meter relay final on Thursday after successfully petitioning that a botched handover during the preliminary heat was caused by a bump from a Brazilian sprinter.
As you can see from the footage below, Allyson Felix gets bumped by a rival during a hand-off between her and teammate English Gardner. That caused the baton to hit the ground, the American teammates to collide and the squad to lose desperate ticks off the clock.
The botched handover caused the U.S. to place last in the heat. But with the second chance given to the squad upon review by the International Association of Athletics Federation, Team USA will now have the opportunity to secure a spot in the relay final if it could outdo China's 42.70 alone on the track.
"We're just gonna regroup, get ourselves together and go out and be able to compete in the final," a determined Gardner told ESPN.
That and the IAAF also disqualified the Brazilian team for its offense.
Look how the arguably dirty tactics unfolded.
"I got bumped coming into the exchange zone and it completely threw me off balance," Felix told ESPN. "I tried to hold it together to get to English. Maybe if I had one more step I could've, but I was falling."
Team USA won the gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay back in the 2012 Olympics in London.
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