U.S. men set world record in distance medley relay in Bahamas


Kyle Merber of the United States celebrates after winning the final of the men’s distance medley relay on day two of the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015 at Thomas Robinson Stadium on May 3, 2015 in Nassau, Bahamas.

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The U.S. men’s team set a world record in the distance medley relay at IAAF’s World Relays meet on Sunday in the Bahamas.

Kyle Merber, Brycen Spratling, Brandon Johnson and Ben Blankenship set a time of 9 minutes, 15.50 seconds, eclipsing Kenya’s run of 9:15.56 in 2006.

Kenya was second in Sunday’s race, 1.7 seconds behind.

The distance medley relay is composed of legs of 1,200, 400, 800 and 1,600 meters for a total of 10 laps, or 4,000 meters.

The Americans won an extra $50,000 for setting the record.

Usain Bolt did not run Sunday’s 4×200 meter relay final won by the Jamaicans in 1:20.97. The U.S. team was disqualified after problems with the baton exchange.

Bolt and his teammates were second to the U.S. in Saturday’s 4×100 final.