U.S. 400-meter relay teams doomed by flubbed handoffs, fail to qualify

Updated: August 21, 2008, 4:02 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Tyson Gay reached back to grab the baton "and there was nothing."

He's not the only American track favorite who will leave Beijing empty-handed.

The American men's and women's 400-meter relay teams both misconnected on the final handoffs in their preliminaries Thursday, a pair of stunning setbacks that made it that much easier for the Jamaicans to say the Bird's Nest is really their house.

"I take full blame for it," Gay said of his bad exchange with Darvis ...

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