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Olympics-Athletics-U.S. men power through to 4x400m final in fastest time

TOKYO, Aug 6 (Reuters) – A season’s best performance and the fastest qualifying time of the round powered the United States to the final of the men’s 4×400 metres in their heat at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.

Trevor Stewart, Randolph Ross, Bryce Deadmon and Vernon Norwood were quick off the block and came into the first changeover second but then took a lead they never relinquished as smooth changeovers took them to a time of 2:57.77.

Botswana finished second ahead of Trinidad and Tobago, and showed that they could be a real threat for a podium finish at the weekend.

In the second heat, Poland, who have already won gold the inaugural Olympic 4×400 metres mixed relay, produced a brilliant come-from-behind win in a season’s best time of 2:58.55.

Also through to the medal round are Jamaica, who also clocked a season’s best of 2:59.29 to finish second. Belgium’s third-place performance was also enough for them to advance. (Reporting by Omar Mohammed; editing by John Stonestreet)

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