August 10, 2012 -- Breaking News From the Associated Press: Tianna Madison has her Olympic gold medal. Madison, an Elyria High School graduate, ran the first leg, and Carmelita Jeter crossed the finish line pointing the baton at the clock, which showed a world record of 40.82 for the U.S. women's 4x100-meter relay team today in Olympic Stadium.
That shattered the old record of 41.37 set by East Germany way back in 1985. It also was the Americans' first gold in the relay since 1996.
Jeter and the other three members of the relay team --Madison, 200-meter champion Allyson Felix and Bianca Knight -- wrapped themselves in flags and then looked up at the Jumbotron to watch the replay. When the shot of Jeter crossing the line was shown, Knight thrust her fist in the air.
Madison had won a World Championship in the long jump in 2005, but had never earned an Olympic medal before today.
Last Saturday, Madison finished fourth in the 100 meters with a time of 10.85, a personal best.
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