Sports: Japan’s relay silver came from technique and teamwork

(From AP)

It was viewed almost as a race for Olympic silver, and Japan won.

Athletics - Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final

Ryota Yamagata, Shota Iizuka, Aska Cambridge and Yoshihide Kiryu of Japan celebrate winning the silver medal in 4×100 meters relay at Rio Olympics Friday. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Undaunted despite running in the lane beside Usain Bolt, Aska Cambridge anchored the Japan relay team to an Olympic silver medal behind the mighty Jamaicans in an Asian record time of 37.60 on Friday night.

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Cambridge got the baton about the same time as Bolt, who pulled away to cross the finish in 37.27 to claim his ninth Olympic gold medal and complete a triple-triple — golds in the 100, 200 and relay in three straight Summer Games.

But Cambridge powered all the way down the straightaway and held off the Americans, Canadians, China and Britain to reward the technically flawless Japanese team with for a silver medal. It topped the bronze medal from the team of 2008, who were the first men from Japan to win an Olympic track medal in a sprinting event. Read More



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