Great Britain over U.S., 4x100 Relay, Athens 2004
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The Americans consider Olympic relay races their bread and butter, but in Athens, a supremely talented lineup that included Justin Gatlin was knocked off their perch by an unheralded quartet of British sprinters. Bad baton transfers doomed the U.S., and Mark Lewis-Francis held off a charging Maurice Greene to give the U.K. the gold by a miniscule 0.01 second.