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Saturday, August 20, 2016

US protest in 4x100 men's relay rejected. Canada keeps bronze medal at #RIO2016

Mike Rodgers (USA) Justin Gatlin (USA) and Tyson Gay (USA) of USA react as they realise they have been disqualified
   © REUTERS/David Gray Mike Rodgers (USA) Justin Gatlin (USA) and Tyson Gay (USA) of USA react as they realise they have been disqualified

The U.S. protest in the men's 4x100 meter relay has been rejected, and Canada will keep the bronze medal.

The Americans were disqualified from the final, won by Jamaica, for an illegal baton exchange in the first passing zone.

Officials ruled Mike Rodgers handed the stick to Justin Gatlin before it reached the 20-meter zone.

The United States finished third, but minutes later, the team was disqualified, and the U.S. protested.

It marked the ninth time since 1995 that the U.S. men have either been disqualified or failed to finish the 4x100 at world championships or the Olympics.

With files from MSN

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