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Did the US shake off Olympic relay woes for women's 4x100?

The U.S. team was pushing for a third consecutive Olympic gold in the event.

TOKYO, Japan — The Jamaican women added the 4x100-meter relay title to their Tokyo Olympic collection after sweeping the podium in the 100-meter final.

The Jamaican team won in a national record 41.02 seconds. It was the second-fastest time in history and ended the U.S. team’s push for a third consecutive Olympic gold in the event.

The American team of Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels, Jenna Prandini and Gabrielle Thomas won silver in 41.45 and Britain took bronze in 41.88.

Elaine Thompson-Herah won the 100 meters on Saturday in an Olympic record. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was second and Shericka Jackson was third in that race. Those three joined Briana Williams as the Jamaicans added the Olympic relay title to their world championship gold in 2019.

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Team Jamaica celebrates after winning the final of the women's 4 x 100-meter relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The Tokyo Olympics have not been terribly kind to the U.S. track and field relay teams. 

A slow exchange left the American men out of the 4x100-meter relay final and the U.S. was initially disqualified from the 4x400m mixed relay -- before being reinstated. 

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Team United States celebrates winning the silver medal in the final of the women's 4 x 100-meter relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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