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One message to take from baton blunders: U.S. track has hit rock bottom

Updated: August 21, 2008, 6:59 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- Beneath the stricken faces of the American men's and women's relay runners Thursday night was an odd wardrobe malfunction: The bibs pinned to their chests were hand written.

The letters "USA" appeared to have been scrawled with black marker, unlike the professionally printed bibs worn by the rest of the world's teams. On a rainy night at the Bird's Nest, what used to be the three most-feared letters in sprinting were splotched and runny.

"We didn't get the ...

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