Out, then in: US gets a reprieve after mixed relay DQ

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Runners compete in a heat of the 4 x 400-meter mixed relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Olympic mixed relay team has been reinstated after originally being disqualified and will compete in Saturday’s final.

The team had been DQ’d for what officials said was an illegal pass between Lynna Irby and Elija Godwin.

The U.S. team appealed and was reinstated and placed directly into the final. That means they might still win a medal. USA Track and Field did not give details of the reason for the appeal.

The U.S. men have a long history of dicey baton exchanges in the Olympic relays, as do the U.S. women. Their latest was a first-of-its-kind chance to flub one together.

The reinstatement decision could give Allyson Felix a chance to win her record-setting 10th Olympic medal. She is currently tied with Jamaican Merlene Ottey for the most for a female Olympian.

Felix ran for the Americans and won gold when the event made its debut at the world championships two years ago.

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