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Carl Lewis rips U.S. men's 4x100-meter relay team after failing to make final: 'Worse than the AAU kids I saw'

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Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis ripped the United States men's 4x100-meter relay team after they finished sixth in their preliminary heat and failed to make the final.

Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley, Ronnie Baker and Crayvon Gillespie finished with a time of 38.10 seconds, .02 slower than Ghana, who advanced to the final.

In this heat, China finished first, followed by Canada, Italy and Germany.

The United States has not won gold in this event since the 2000 Games in Sydney.

"The USA team did everything wrong in the men's relay," Lewis said on social media. "The passing system is wrong, athletes running the wrong legs, and it was clear that there was no leadership. It was a total embarrassment, and completely unacceptable for a USA team to look worse than the AAU kids I saw."

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Lewis won the gold medal anchoring the 4x100 relay teams at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Carl Lewis rips U.S. 4x100m relay team after failing to make final

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