carmelita jeter*(Via Bleacher Report) – U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix had already earned an individual gold in the 2012 Olympic Games, and teammate Carmelita Jeter had earned two medals individually. Their greatest feat of the Games, however, came on Friday, as members of the world record-setting U.S. women’s 4×100-meter relay team.

The previous world-record time of 41.37 seconds in the women’s 4×100-meter relay, set by a German team, had stood since 1985. The U.S. team of Tianna Madison, Bianca Knight, Felix and Jeter absolutely shattered that mark, running an incredible time of 40.82 seconds.

Although .55 seconds may not seem like much, the difference by which the U.S. team broke the previous world record is absolutely staggering. In the 27 years since the previous record was set, 23 teams had come within .55 seconds of breaking Germany’s time, but no team could beat it.

Prior to Friday, only four teams in history had broken 41.50 in the women’s 4×100-meter relay. Two teams (Jamaica being the second) broke that barrier on Friday, but in one full swoop, the U.S. team also became the first team to break 41 seconds and set a record that is likely to stand for a very long time.

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