Bahamas' Ramon Miller beats United States' Angelo Taylor across the line to win the men's 4 x 400-meter relay during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. / AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus
(AP) LONDON - Ramon Miller of the Bahamas chased down Angelo Taylor of the United States in the men's 4x400-meter final Friday night to win his country's first gold medal in a relay won by America at every Olympics since 1984.
Miller lifted the Bahamas to a time of 2:56.72, .33 seconds better than the U.S.
Trinidad and Tobago took third.
It overshadowed Oscar Pistorius' last race at the London Games. Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner," got the South African baton in last place and crossed the line in eighth in an anticlimactic performance after he had become the first amputee runner in track and field to compete at the Olympics.
"It has been incredible to be here," said Pistorius, a double amputee who runs with the aid of carbon fiber blades. "Just to participate has been great and now I am really looking forward to the Paralympics."
Taylor, a 400-meter hurdler, was thrust into the lineup after a flurry of injuries hit the Americans. Lashawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner both pulled out before the preliminaries, where Manteo Mitchell ran the last 200 meters of the opening lap with a broken left fibula.