There’s no sugarcoating it. Team USA had a disappointing result in the 4×100-meter relay heat on Thursday in Tokyo.
Although they were heavily favored heading into Thursday’s race, the Americans finished sixth and failed to qualify for the the final. One of the main reasons why they had such a poor finish is because Fred Kerley and Ronnie Baker botched their baton exchange.
Olympic legend Carl Lewis was clearly unhappy with Team USA’s performance in Thursday’s heat. He unleashed a rant about the country’s performance in the 4×100-meter relay heat on Twitter.
“The USA team did everything wrong in the men’s relay,” Lewis wrote. “The passing system is wrong, athletes running the wrong legs, and it was clear that there was no leadership. It was a total embarrassment, and completely unacceptable for a USA team to look worse than the AAU kids I saw.”
The USA team did everything wrong in the men's relay. The passing system is wrong, athletes running the wrong legs, and it was clear that there was no leadership. It was a total embarrassment, and completely unacceptable for a USA team to look worse than the AAU kids I saw .
— Carl Lewis (@Carl_Lewis) August 5, 2021
Lewis won nine gold medals over the course of his Olympic career. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that he holds Team USA to such a high standard.
Team USA star Trayvon Bromell also had some brutally honest words to share with the public following Thursday’s performance.
“I don’t have no words, honestly,” Bromell said, via Yahoo Sports. “I’m honestly kind of mad, not at these guys, they did what they could do. I did what I can do. I can really just speak for myself in a sense, like I said, these guys did their job, I did what I could do. On the first leg, it just — it’s really some BS for real, to be honest with you.”