United States relay team with Kind Butler, David Verburg, Calvin Smith and Kyle Clemons, from left, celebrate after winning the 4x400m relay with a new world record during the Athletics World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
SOPOT, Poland (AP) — Perhaps people know Calvin Smith Jr, and even then likely because his father was a famous runner a generation back. And David Verburg ran on the 4×400 world outdoor gold medal team last year.
But Kyle Clemons? Kind Butler III?
Like so many on this U.S. team at the world indoor championships which was low on glamor yet deep in talent, they produced beyond expectations on Sunday and now have a 4×400 indoor world record to show for it.
When everyone expected the three-day event to peter out without a world record, suddenly this quartet made a name for each and every one on the team.
“These are moments you really have to cherish,” Butler said. “We are never going to be here again.”
The four sprinters got the baton around in a time of 3 minutes, 2.13 seconds, slashing .70 off the 15-year-old indoor mark set by another U.S. relay team at the 1999 world indoors.
The U.S. beat Britain into silver and Jamaica took Login to read more