<
>

U.S. men hold off Jamaica for Olympic gold in 4x400-meter relay

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay team held off a late challenge by Jamaica to rebound and win gold -- one day after the Americans' 4x100 men's team was disqualified.

The U.S. team of Arman Hall, Tony McQuay, Gil Roberts and LaShawn Merritt posted a time of 2 minutes, 57.30 seconds, 0.86 seconds ahead of Jamaica.

The Bahamas clocked in at 2:58.49 for the bronze, edging Belgium by 0.03 seconds. In 2012, when Merritt was injured and on the sideline, the U.S. team claimed the silver medal in the event, finishing behind the Bahamas.

Merritt, serving as Team USA's anchor, won his second medal of the Rio Games. He won bronze in the 400 earlier this week.

He was a bit player in the Usain Bolt going-away party, finishing sixth in the 200 -- a race he considered pure gravy.

"The 200 was just extra for me, there was no training regimen for it,'' the 30-year-old Merritt said. "If I would've medaled, I would've been grateful. But we really wanted to win this 4x4. It didn't go the way the guys wanted it four years ago, so we knew how important it was.''

Merritt also has has two gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and eight world championship gold medals stretching back to 2005.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.