Georganne Moline

Poland sets world indoor record in 4x400-meter relay, US 2nd

Poland set a world indoor record in the 4x400-meter relay on Sunday at the world indoor athletics championships, with the United States also inside the old mark.

The Polish team of Karol Zalewski, Rafal Omelko, Lukasz Krawczuk and Jakub Krzewina won in 3:01.77. That shaved 0.36 seconds off the previous record of 3:02.13, which was set by the U.S. in 2014.

"It is a big shock and surprise for us," Omelko said. "We were targeting the European record but really did not expect a result like this and never dreamed about the world record."

The U.S. team of Fred Kerley, Michael Cherry, Aldrich Bailey Jr. and Vernon Norwood finished 0.2 seconds behind...

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