Cherry Wins World Title in Mixed 4x400m Relay
Doha, Qatar – Former LSU sprinter Michael Cherry anchored Team USA’s mixed 4×400 meter relay to gold on Sunday at the 2019 IAAF World Championships with a world record setting time of 3:09.34.
The mixed relay, which features two women and two men teaming up to run the race, was the first in World Championships’ history. Cherry anchored the relay after receiving the stick from Courtney Okolo. Wil London ran the lead leg, who then passed to now 12-time world champion Allyson Felix.
The time of 3:09.34 was three-plus seconds faster than the previous world record (3:12.42) that was run on Saturday by a completely different American mixed 4×400 meter squad. Cherry received the stick from Okolo in second place trailing Poland by nearly 30 meters. Poland chose to run its two men in the race first and the final two legs were ran by their women runners. European female champion in the 400 meters, Justyna Swiety-Ersetic, was on anchor duty for Poland. Cherry ran down Swiety-Ersetic in the first 100 meters of his leg and never looked back.
“I really just wanted to get out well and make sure to catch the person in front of me for my teammates,” Cherry said in an interview after the race. “The medal was on the line and we also wanted the world record. So, I just went out and pushed and then tried to hold on as best as I could.”
Cherry is also a candidate to run on the men’s 4×400 meter relay later this week in Doha.