By Karen Price | Aug. 13, 2017, 5:58 p.m. (ET)

(L-R) Fred Kerley, Wil London III, Michael Cherry and Gil Roberts pose after winning silver in the men's 4x400-meter at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on Aug. 13, 2017 in London.

 

The U.S. men’s streak of six straight world titles in the 4x400-meter came to an end on Sunday as they earned a silver medal in the final event of the IAAF World Championships in London.

With the silver, Team USA finished with 30 medals (10 gold, 11 silver, nine bronze) and its best performance ever at the IAAF World Championships.

Heavily favored to win a seventh title despite having a young team, the U.S. lost the lead on the anchor leg as 2012 Olympic 400-meter bronze medalist Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago chased down 2017 NCAA champion Fred Kerley. Trinidad and Tobago won in 2:58.12, the fastest time in the world so far this year.

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The U.S. team, consisting of Wil London III, Gil Roberts, Michael Cherry and Kerley, ran a season’s best time of 2:58.61 for the silver medal. Great Britain finished in third in 2:59.00. The U.S. had won nine of the last 10 global titles in the men’s 4x400-meter.

Trinidad and Tobago began to challenge on the second leg of the race as Jereem Richards pushed ahead into second place and was on Roberts’ heels for the handoff.

Cherry held position as Great Britain tried to move into second, but Trinidad and Tobago kept the No. 2 position and had closed the gap significantly going into the final handoff. Gordon sprinted ahead on the final stretch to upset the U.S. and win the first-ever world championship in the 4x400 for Trinidad and Tobago. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.