Phyllis Francis anchoring Team USA to victory in women's 4x400m at London 2017 World Championships. Photo Credit: iaaf.org/Getty Images

Team USA showed the difference having a formidable team can make, as some of their well-rested stars formed the relay pool that went on to win GOLD in women’s 4x400m race on the final day of competition at the London 2017 World Championships.

The quartet of Quanera Hayes, Allyson Felix, Shakima Wimbley and Phyllis Francis were too strong for other competitors, storming to a World Leading time of 3:19.02 in a race they were never threatened in.

In fact, USA was so dominant that they finished by as much as six seconds ahead of their closest challengers, Great Britain, who were 2nd with a time of 3:25.00.

Meanwhile, in what was a keenly contested leg for Bronze involving three countries, the Polish were the most resolute team as they finished 3rd with a Season’s Best (SB) of 3:25.41.

The Nigerian team which started brightly in the race, faded and was unable to finish on the podium, coming in 5th with a time of 3:26.72.

The USA quarter were excited with the win as Hayes who ran the first leg said: “We passed the test. Well done to all the girls, they all ran awesome legs.”

While Wimblye who took the third leg added: “This is our first world championships as a team and this is a super result for us. I’ve learned so much throughout this experience and I’m grateful to every one of them for their advice and support. It has made me a better athlete.”

Felix who has had an illustrious career, adding yet another GOLD to her collection said: “It does mean so much to me every time. I’m grateful to run with these amazing girls. They work so hard and deserve all their success. It’s an honour to run in the relay for Team USA and i will always treasure these moments.”

Phyllis Francis anchoring Team USA to victory in women’s 4x400m at London 2017 World Championships. Photo Credit: iaaf.org/Getty Images

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Very proficient in writing and talking about football, but has now found a new love in Athletics. Just a matter of time before I become a master on things pertaining to the tracks. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at NigerianBulletin and Allsports, Christopher is now a Senior Sports writer at Making of Champions.

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