Track & Field
    Nellum Wins Gold, Felix Silver In 4x400m Relays At World Championships

    Allyson Felix was clocked with a 47.7 split to give USA the lead, but Jamaica came back to capture the gold at the wire.
    Aug. 30, 2015

    BEIJING, CHINA – Bryshon Nellum won a gold medal and Allyson Felix earned a silver medal for Team USA in the 4x400m finals during the final day of the 2015 IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Beijing, China today (Aug. 30). The Trojans ended the nine-day competition earning seven medals, led by Felix who won a gold and two silvers.

    The USC graduate Felix was in action first and she ran an amazing split of 47.7 on the third leg of USA’s 4x400m relay to bring the team back from more than a 20m deficit to the lead, but Jamaica was able to catch the U.S. anchor down the stretch and grab the gold. USA settled for the silver medal with a time of 3:19.44 to Jamaica’s 3:19.13, with Great Britain earning the bronze medal at 3:23.62. For Felix, it was her third medal of the games as she also won a silver with USA’s 4x100m relay team and won the gold medal in the women’s 400m race. Felix now has earned 13 medals at the World Championships in her career, including nine gold medals.

    Nellum (USC, 2010-13) ran the third leg for USA’s winning 4x400m relay team which posted a world-leading time of 2:57.82 to earn the gold medal. Nellum received the baton slightly behind Trinidad and Tobago’s Deon Lendore and he stayed with him, maybe slightly gaining ground, and anchor LaShawn Merritt did the rest. Merritt took the lead for the U.S., only to have Jaimaica’s anchor Javon Francis storm past him, but Merritt responded to gain back the gold down the stretch. Trinidad and Tobago finished second with a time of 2:58.20 and Great Britain came on to edge Jamaica for third with a time of 2:58.51.

    In addition to the four medals won by Felix and Nellum, rising senior Andre De Grasse earned a bronze in the men’s 100m and with Canada’s 4x100m relay, which also featured Aaron Brown (USC, 2011-14).