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U.S. mixed 4x400m team disqualified

TOKYO (NBC News) --- The heats of the first-ever mixed 4x400m relay at the Olympics went south for the Americans.

The U.S. won the mixed 4x400m relay at the 2019 World Championships, more than two seconds ahead of Jamaica’s team, and was favored to win the gold medal in Tokyo.

Most countries at the World Championships chose to run the women in the middle legs and the men in the leadoff and anchor spots, and strategy will surely be a key part of the intriguing new event.

Americans Elija Godwin and Lynna Irby pass the baton outside the exchange zone, disqualifying the Team USA and its first-round win in the mixed 4x400m relay prelims; the Dominican Republic also DQs on a zone order rule.

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