Russia wins women's 4x400 relay at worlds

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Russia\'s Tatyana Firova, right, Russia\'s Yulia Gushchina, left, Russia\'s Antonina Krivoshapka, second from right at bottom, and Russia\'s Kseniya Ryzhova, second from left, celebrate after winning the women\'s 4x400-meter relay final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)


MOSCOW (AP) — Russia won the women's 4x400-meter relay at the world championships, holding off the United States at the end.

The Russian team of Yulia Gushchina, Tatyana Firova, Kseniya Ryzhova and Antonina Krivoshapka won the race in 3 minutes, 20.19 seconds.

The defending champion American team, with Jessica Beard, Natasha Hastings, Ashley Spencer and Francena McCorory, finished second in 3:20.41.

The Americans ran without Allyson Felix, who tore her right hamstring in the 200 final Friday.

Britain earned bronze in 3:22.61.