Another weekend, another slew of medals. No big deal.
First, legendary VFL Tina Bartoletta took home the bronze in the long jump. Next up was the blazing-hot duo of Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin. Both runners have been in the limelight after Gatlin’s breathtaking victory against Usain Bolt and the rest of the competiton in the men’s 100m final last Saturday.
They didnt best anyone this week, but they were able to add to the impressive list of awards the Tennessee Track & Field/XC department has gathered over the past few months.
Coleman (anchor) and Gatlin (second leg) teamed up with Jaylen Bacon (third leg) and Mike Rodgers (first leg) in the men’s 4x100-meter final of the London 2017 IAAF World Championship and took silver with a final time of 37.52 - a season best for the quartet.
Congrats to @justingatlin & @__coleman on earning silver for @usatf in the men's 4x100 at @IAAFWorldChamps #London2017 pic.twitter.com/aUdJmjaXbv— UT Track & Field/XC (@Vol_Track) August 12, 2017
And if they were just a couple steps faster, they could have taken the gold. The quartet of Great Britain/Northern Ireland runners took home the gold with a world-best 37.47 final time.
Tennessee will bring home a total of five medals from London. Gatlin and Coleman each won gold and silver last week, respectively, in the men’s 100-meter final. Now, add the three medals earned this weekend by Bartoletta and the duo of Coleman and Gatlin, and I think you get the idea.
You can check out the final results of the men’s 4x100-meter relay here.