Angelo Finishes Golden
by Matt Martino
After Angelo's controversial disqualification in the 400 hurdles at the World Championships, the United States 4x400-meter relay team made sure he wouldn't leave Berlin empty handed.
The U.S. dominated the event during the finale at Berlin, with Angelo running the first leg then enjoying his teammates as they coasted to a world championship victory with a season-best time of 2:57.86 seconds.
"Did you think anything less?" the Olympic champion grinned.
No, not with lineup of Angelo, LaShawn Merritt, Jeremy Wariner, and Kerron Clement – all individual Olympic or world champions in the 400 or 400 hurdles in their careers.
Three of these four — all but Clement — had been members of the gold-medal team at the 2007 Worlds in Osaka.
"All we had to do was get the stick around and have fun," said LaShawn Merritt, who won two golds and anchored the team.
"We expect greatness," said Jeremy Wariner who opened up a huge lead for the Americans on the second leg of the race. "That's what we did today. We showed greatness."
The U.S. won all four 400-meter events and took five medals total from those competitions to help them finish first in the medal standings with 10 golds and 22 overall.
US picks up 3 more golds on final day of worlds (AP, Aug. 23, 2009)
United States wins the men's 4x400 at worlds (AP, Aug. 23, 2009)
U.S. closes championships with two relay wins (Ashbury Park Press, Aug. 23, 2009)
Americans sweep 400-metre relays (CBC Sports, Aug. 23m 2009)