Members of the American 4x100 relay team left the Olympic track Friday believing anything's possible - maybe even a win over Usain Bolt.
With Justin Gatlin running the anchor leg, the U.S. broke a 20-year-old national record in its preliminary round, finishing in 37.38 seconds. The old record, first set in 1992 with Carl Lewis running the anchor leg, was 37.40.
''We're going to figure out a way to go out there and compete with them,'' Gatlin said. ''We're not scared of them.''
One small problem: Jamaica, running in the evening's opening heat, was only a hundredth of a second slower than the United States, and that was with Bolt on the sideline.
In the final Saturday, Bolt will take Kemar Bailey-Cole's place on the anchor leg, while Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and 100 and 200 runner-up Yohan Blake will run in the first three spots, as they did in the preliminaries.
The U.S. and Jamaican times were the fourth- and fifth-fastest ever recorded, and based on all the fast times run ...