Mar 8, 2014; Sopot, Poland; Kind Butler III (left) prepares to take the handoff from Ricky Babineaux on the third leg on the United States 4 x 400m relay that won its heat in 3:04.36 in the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics at Ergo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

US men set world indoor record in 4x400 relay

Team USA ended the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships with a bang Sunday, setting the world indoor record in the men’s 4×400 meter relay.

Recording a blistering time of 3:02.13, the team of Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler III, and Calvin Smith Jr. took 0.70 seconds off the previous world record, which had stood for 15 years.

Each of the four US athletes ran a faster split than the last. Clemons kicked things off by covering his leg in 45.98 seconds. Verburg, running the second leg, turned in a time of 45.62. Butler recorded a 45.41, and Smith ran a blistering 45.12 in his leg to earn the team both the world record and a subsequent bonus of $50,000.

Here are the complete results from Sunday’s final:

1) United States — 3:02.13 (world indoor record)

2) Great Britain — 3:03.49 (season’s best)

3) Jamaica — 3:03.69 (national indoor record)

4) Poland — 3:04.39  (season’s best)

5) Russia — 3:07.12

6) Ukraine — 3:08.79

The men’s 4×400 relay wasn’t the only good news on Sunday, with the US also winning the overall Sopot medal count:




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