Olympic legend Carl Lewis, who won nine gold medals in track for the U.S. between 1984-96, slammed the men’s 4x100m team for its performance after they failed to qualify for the final.

Lewis wrote, “The USA team did everything wrong in the men’s relay. The passing system is wrong, athletes running the wrong legs, and it was clear that there was no leadership. It was a total embarrassment, and completely unacceptable for a USA team to look worse than the AAU kids I saw.”

The main reason Team USA struggled was due to Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley struggling during the baton pass, as it took three attempts to successfully make the pass. After the race, Kerley stated, “We just didn’t get the job done today. That’s all.”

Lewis spoke in-depth with USA Today after the race, stating:

“This was a football coach taking a team to the Super Bowl and losing 99-0 because they were completely ill-prepared. It’s unacceptable. It’s so disheartening to see this because it’s people’s lives. We’re just playing games with people’s lives. That’s why I’m so upset. It’s totally avoidable. And America is sitting there rooting for the United States and then they have this clown show. I can’t take it anymore. It’s just unacceptable. It is not hard to do the relay.”