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The U.S. women’s 4x100-meter team set a world record that had stood since 1985, perfectly passing the baton from one sprinter to the next and crossing the line in 40.82. Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter,Tianna Madison and Allyson helped win the gold medal and set the world record over a half second lower than it previously stood. The old record was held by East Germany with a time of 41.37 set on Oct. 6, 1985. Felix,


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US champion "Jesse" (James Cleveland) Owens is airborne during the long jump event, that he won, 09 August 1936 during Olympic Games in Berlin. Grandson of a slave and legendary athlete, "Jesse" Owens established 6 world records in 1935. Jesse Owens retained his 100m world record for 20 years and his long jump world record for 25 years (until 1960). Photo CORR/AFP/Getty Images


American sprinter Montgomery was a superstar, having claimed Olympic gold in the 4x100m relay in 2000, then going on to lower the 100m world record to 9.78 seconds in 2002. However three years later his medal and world record were stripped after he was found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs and banned for two years.