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New Jersey Sprinter English Gardner & Allyson Felix Get 2nd Chance After Baton Handoff Flub

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    New Jersey Sprinter English Gardner & Allyson Felix Get 2nd Chance After Baton Handoff Flub
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    Allyson Felix and English Gardner of the United States react after flubbing the baton handoff in the Women's 4 x 100m Relay on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 18, 2016.

    Voorhees, New Jersey’s English Gardner reached back for the baton during Thursday morning’s Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay in Rio but there was no baton.

    It appeared a Brazilian runner in the adjacent lane contacted star United States sprinter Allyson Felix causing Felix to lose her grip on the baton and fumble the exchange with Gardner. Luckily, for the U.S. runners, they got a second shot at making the final and put up the best time.

    WATCH: The miscue baton exchange

    Felix seemed to stumble and could not catch third runner Gardner, flipping the baton in desperation. It hit the ground as Gardner and Felix crashed into each other. Gardner held her hand in desperation as Felix went to pick up the baton and hand it over.

    English Gardner and Allyson Felix, right, from the United States drop the baton in a women's 4x100-meter relay heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.
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    Felix urged Gardner to pick up the baton, run her leg and hand it off to Marolake Akinosun who finished the race.

    "I got bumped coming into the exchange zone and it completely threw me off balance," said Felix. "I tried to hold it together to get to English. Maybe if I had one more step I could've, but I was falling."

    The United States was given an extra shot to qualify for the final of the 4x100 after the team successfully protested that Felix had been bumped just ahead of a botched handover. Day 13: Highlights From the Rio OlympicsDay 13: Highlights From the Rio Olympics

    The IAAF said the U.S. team would be allowed to run on their own in the evening session. The U.S. sprinted to an unofficial top time of 41.77 to qualify for Friday's final. China's relay team was bumped from the final.