Olympics: No re-run but plenty of drama as US women claim 4x100 relay gold

    English Gardner, Allyson Felix, Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie of the United States celebrate winning gold in the women's 4 x 100m relay final in Rio.

    Story highlights

    • Jamaica claims silver, Great Britain takes bronze in the women's relay
    • Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece wins pole vualt

    (CNN)It would have been hard for the women of Team USA to eclipse the drama of Thursday's 4x100-meter heats.

    But after the baton was dropped, an appeal over Brazilian interference lodged and a bizarre solo re-run against the clock undertaken, Friday's final saw the Americans surge home to claim gold ahead of Jamaica and Great Britain in far more orthodox style.
      The win for long jump gold medal winner Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, English Gardner and Tori Bowie in a time of 41.01 seconds was the US's second consecutive success in the event -- a feat all the more impressive given it was occupying the unfavored lane 1 on Friday.