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LONDON -- Eyeing the trackside clock as she approached the finish line, Carmelita Jeter pointed the black baton in her left hand at those bright orange numbers.
2012 London Olympics coverage
She wanted to make sure everyone saw what she saw: The United States was breaking the world record in the women's 4x100-meter relay - and by a wide margin.
Allyson Felix, Elyria's Tianna Madison ,and Bianca Knight built a big lead, and Jeter brought it home Friday night, anchoring the U.S. to its first Olympic gold medal in the sprint relay since 1996 with a time of 40.82, more than a half-second better than a record that had stood for 27 years.
Photos: Tianna Madison competes in London
"I knew that we were moving," Jeter said. "I knew that we running very well and I was excited."
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