Why was USA disqualified from the 4x100 men's relay final in the Rio Olympics?

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Usain Bolt ended his Olympic career by claiming an unprecedented 'triple triple' and his ninth gold as Jamaica won the 4x100m relay final in Rio.

Bolt, 29, had won the 100m and 200m in Rio and is the only man to win all three sprint events at three Games.

He combined with Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade to lift gold in a time of 37.27 seconds.

Japan won a surprise silver and the USA were disqualified to hand Canada bronze and lift Britain up to fifth.

'I'm the greatest'

"There you go, I'm the greatest," said Bolt, who has won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the last three Games.

He intends to retire after the 2017 World Championships in London and will not compete at Tokyo 2020, at which point he will be nearly 34.

Bolt's haul of nine golds is the joint highest among Olympic athletics.

He is now equal with USA sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis, who won nine golds over four Games, and Finnish...

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Team USA reached 105 medals at the Summer Olympics in Rio on Friday, keeping the nation atop the medal count. Here's what marketers need to know about the last 24 hours of the Olympics:

Team USA Now 40 Medals Ahead of China
The U.S. added two medals to its total count Friday night, putting Team USA in the lead by 40 medals. Team USA won the gold in the women's 4x100 relay and the silver in the women's pole vault. (SB Nation)

Here's the total medal leaderboard as it stood going into Saturday, according to NBC Olympics:

United States: 105
China: 65
Great Britain: 60
Russia: 48
Japan: 41

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RIO DE JANEIRO Usain Bolt drew down the curtain on his brilliant Olympic career by securing a sweep of the sprint titles for a third successive Games when Jamaica successfully defended the 4x100 meters relay crown in Rio on Friday.

Two days shy of his 30th birthday, Bolt anchored his country to victory in 37.27 seconds so adding the relay crown to the 100 and 200 meters titles he has owned since exploding onto the Olympic stage in Beijing in 2008.

He will depart that stage never having tasted defeat in a final, his nine gold medals a joint record in athletics with Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi and American sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis.

In the eight years since Beijing, the 11-times world champion has become one of the best known sportsmen on the planet and with the 'triple-triple' has a legitimate claim to the title of greatest Olympic track and field athlete ever.

There has never been any doubt in the Jamaican's own mind.

"There you...

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Andy Murray celebrates his victory over Kai Nishikori to reach the men's Olympic final.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill continues her bid for gold in heptathlon.

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Usain Bolt breezed through his 100m heat.

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Team GB took silver in the women's eight.

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The men's eight gold took Great Britain top of the rowing medal table.

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The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are fast approaching.

The world’s greatest sporting event will feature new faces (Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky), and old (Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps). And whether it’s in the pool, on the track, in the sand, on a balance beam or on the roads, one thing is for sure: history will be made.

April 27 marks 100 days until the Summer Games will officially begin on Aug. 5 with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at...

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The Men's 4x100m relay race final at the

Rio Olympics gave viewers one last chance to see

Usain Bolt of Jamaica run against Team USA's

Justin Gatlin at these Olympics. Team USA came in third, but was later

disqualified

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Team USA had the fastest time during the heats, completing the race in 37.65 seconds, with Mike Rodgers, Christian Coleman, Tyson Gay and Jarrion Lawson running. Gatlin is expected to take part in the final.

Gatlin and Gay were also on the team that won Silver at the London Olympics four years ago. However, their medals were

stripped

in 2015 when Gay accepted a one-year ban for doping. Gay already gave his own medal back in 2014. This is the only event for Gay in Rio.

The American team will have to overcome issues passing the baton from one runner to the next. As the

IAAF notes

, Team USA has completed less than half of their championship races since the Sydney Olympics in 2000. They've gotten better...

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Neither of the American team's best-known swimmers, with 18-times gold medallist Phelps seeking to add to his collection of 22 medals, qualified for the individual event at the national trials.

Five-times Olympian Phelps, the most decorated athlete of all time, is set to compete in three individual events -- the 100 and 200 metres butterfly and 200 individual medley.

The relay line-ups, a closely-guarded secret, do not have to be submitted until the night before the race, but it would be no surprise for the pair to be included in the 4x100m.

Both U.S. relay teams are likely to finish in the top three, which would give Phelps and Ledecky their first medals of the Games.

USA Today, in a report citing an unnamed source with direct knowledge of the U.S. swimming team's plans, said Phelps would swim in Sunday night's men's relay final.

It said Ledecky, the 19-year-old tipped for gold in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle, was...

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The entire United States men’s...

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