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Jamaica crush 4x100m Relay World record - 36.84 in London!

Winning Jamaican team: Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter next to the clock showing the new world record of 36.84 in the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 11, 2012  (Getty Images)Winning Jamaican team: Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter next to the clock showing the new world record of 36.84 in the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 11, 2012 (Getty Images) © Copyright
Providing a stunning close to athletics action on the track at London’s Olympic Games, Jamaica broke the World record* in the men’s 4x100m relay tonight at Olympic Stadium.

Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, double silver medallist Yohan Blake and double-double Olympic champion Usain Bolt smashed through the event’s 37-second barrier to stop the clock in 36.84, breaking the previous mark of 37.04 set by the same quartet and running in the same order at the World Championships in Daegu one year ago.

The USA squad of Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey equalled the previous World record to finish second, a national record. Trinidad & Tobago were third, clocking 38.12.

This was the fourth World record set at the 2012 Games.

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Bob Ramsak for the IAAF

*pending the usual ratification procedures