Track legend Michael Johnson Pans of US coaches for 4 × 100 relay failure – NBC10 Philadelphia
Olympic track and field legend Michael Johnson joined the choir railing against the USA’s botched rally in the men’s 4x100m relay in Tokyo.
The four-man squad – made up of Fred Kerley, Ronnie Baker Trayvon Bromell and Cravon Gillespie – drew rapid criticism on Wednesday night from track and field great Carl Lewis who called the debacle “utter embarrassment”.
Johnson’s assessment on the team on Friday morning was similar, but he said the failure was due to a “lack of leadership.”
The poor trade led the US sprinters to finish sixth in the Heat, which marked the first time since 2008 that the US 4x100m relay team has not made it to the Olympic finals.
Johnson, who won four gold medals for the United States, including one in the men’s 4x400m relay at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, said the problems with American athletics would not be resolved “until he there will not be real leadership.
Perhaps the complaints have been heard: The US men’s 4x400m relay team ran well in their heat on Friday morning and will compete for gold on Saturday.
Lewis, who has won the Olympic gold medal in the 4×100 twice as well as seven other gold medals, was the first to say that the mismanagement traded in the men’s 4×100 relay was “completely unacceptable”.
“It was clear that there was no leadership,” he wrote.
US track stars Kenny Bednarek and Noah Lyles met with Craig Melvin after the event to discuss the problems Team USA faced during the 4×100 relay.