London 2012 Men's 4x100m Relay: WR Proves Jamaica Sprinters Are Olympic Legends

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Olympic Games Jamaican sprinters arrived in London with huge hopes, and they are leaving as legends. 

In the 4x100 relay on Saturday, the ultimate test for team speed, the Jamaicans were amazing. They exploded for a time of 36.84 and bested the world record, which they already owned, by .2 seconds. 

While .2 doesn't necessarily seem like it is blowing a record away, in the 4x100 it most certainly is. Luckily enough, Team USA gave us all a glimpse of just how dominant this run was as they finished second with a time 37.04, which exactly equaled the old world record.

Nesta Carter and Michael Frater handled the first two legs for the Jamaicans and proved the depth of this team in the process. Former 100 world-record holder Asafa Powell was originally tabbed to be a part of this team, but a groin injury prevented him from running.

No problem for this squad with seemingly never-ending sprint talent. At the end of the second leg, the Jamaicans were trailing the Americans, but Yohan Blake nearly erased the lead and Usain Bolt blew past Ryan Bailey for a win for the record books. 

As the only man to ever win the 100 and 200 gold in back-to-back Olympics, Bolt's legend status was already resoundingly confirmed, and he can now share that with his entire team. 

There have not been a lot of world records falling in London, which makes any new record especially impressive. For the Jamaicans to obliterate the record like they did is something for the history books. 

This was a stunningly great performance.

Men's 4x100 Final Results

Place Country Time
1 Jamaica 36.84
2 United States 37.04
3 Trinidad and Tobago 38.12
4 France 38.16
5 Japan 38.35
6 Netherlands 38.39
7 Australia 38.43
8 Canada DQ