It came down to the final track event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the American men finally emerged with gold.
Michael Cherry, Michael Norman, Bryce Deadmon and Rai Benjamin, the bronze medalist in the men’s 400m hurdles, posted a combined time of 2:55.70. The time was just 0.31 seconds off the world record set by the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Team USA runners Michael Cherry, Michael Norman, Bryce Deadmon and Rai Benjamin took gold in the men’s 4x400m relay, redeeming the U.S. men’s track team, which had yet to win gold at Tokyo. The Netherlands took silver and Botswana took bronze.
The Netherlands won silver with a 2:57.18 mark, while Botswana earned bronze at 2:57.27.
It was at times a frustrating week for the U.S. men on the track in Tokyo, but Cherry, Norman, Deadmon and Benjamin ended it on a high note.
You can watch the race in the video above or during NBC’s primetime coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.