BARCELONA, Spain - Tyquendo Tracey will replace Senoj-J Givans in Jamaica's men's 4x100m relay team that will contest the finals at the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships at the Montjuic Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain later today.
Team Jamaica sources also told the Jamaica Observer there were some changes in the running order with Tracey starting, handing over to 100m bronze medalist Odean Skeen, to Jevaughn Minzie who led off in yesterday's preliminaries with Jazeel Murphy anchoring.
Julian Forte was expected to come into the team today but his injury in the men's 200m final on Friday ruled him out of any further participation in the championships that ends tomorrow.
The Jamaican team had clocked a season’s best 39.09 seconds in their heat to finish second behind Great Britain to qualify for today's final.
The women's team had failed to finish their race.
Meanwhile both 4x400m teams won their respective heats today to automatically qualify for the finals tomorrow afternoon.
The women’s team of Sandrae Farquharson; Olivia James; Genekee Leith and Shericka Jackson ran a 3 minutes 34.96 seconds to win their heat.
Farquharson, the former Manchester high runner who is based in the United States, led off with a fine 52.26 seconds leg handing over to James who was a finalist in the 400m who went directly to the front while Leith and Jackson, a 200m finalist, did the rest.
The men's team of hurdler Shavon Barnes; Omar McLeod; Jermaine Fyffe and Lennox Williams won their event in a season's best 3 minutes 08.83 seconds.
It is expected that Javon Franis and hurdler Javarn Gallimore will come in for the finals.
Both women's 100m hurdlers crashed out of the semi-finals today as well.
Both finished third in their respective heat,
Chrisdale McCarthy ran 13.65 seconds after hitting the ninth hurdle and almost coming to a stop while Samantha Scarlett clocked 13.88 seconds.
Earlier today team physiotherapist Wendy Peart told the Observer that the athlete was “recovering well” and had responded to “the conventional methods of treatment- ice, elevation and compression.”
Peart said the injury appears to be “a cramp” and not a tear as was expected.
Forte was leading the field with just about 20m to go when he suddenly pulled up and struggled home in last place in 21.00 second before being wheeled off the track in a wheel chair, his disappointment obvious on his anguished face.
Today however Peart reported that Forte was walking around the team hotel and while he said here was a bit of pain in the area, she said he should be good to go soon and could return to training.
On Friday, Christopher Harley, Forte’s personal coach who had accompanied him to Spain from Jamaica via Italy, said he was “surprised” when he saw the athlete go down as he had looked sound in his preparation and there had being no complaints.
“We did some starts before the race and he felt OK then,” Harley said.
Forte, the former Wolmers Boys runner had pulled up in the final of the Under 20 100m at CARIFTA Trials in March and had missed a few days of training before returning but skipped the 100m at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Junior and Senior Trials, opting to run only the 200m as he said he was avoiding the 100m as that was where he usually gets injured.
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