Jamaica end with bronze in men's mile relay
EUGENE, USA — The men's 4x400m team won a bronze medal as Jamaica finished the 15th IAAF world Junior Championships with six medals on yesterday's final day at Hayward Field.
The women's team was disqualified after placing fifth.
The men's team had one change from Saturday's preliminaries with 400m hurdles gold medallist Jaheel Hyde coming in on the anchor leg to help the team run a season's best 3 minutes 04.47 seconds behind the USA, who won the gold in a world junior leading 3 minutes 03.31 seconds to sweep the four relays. Japan were second in 3 minutes 04.11 seconds.
The placing was identical to the men's 4x100m on Saturday.
Twayne Crooks led off the race and handed over the baton in fifth place to Martin Manley, who ran a strong second leg to take the baton to Nathan Allen, who held the position going into the final leg.
Hyde appeared well set to challenge the USA's anchor leg runner Michael Cherry, running on his shoulder for most of the race until the final 150m when he was overtaken by the Japanese anchor leg runner.
The six medals beat the five won two years ago in Barcelona, Spain, and equalled the number won in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2008.
Jamaica earned one gold from Hyde in the 400m hurdles, two silver from Tyler Mason in the 110m hurdles and women's 4x100m relays, and two bronze from the men's 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
Just before the relay teams took the track head coach Michael Carr told the Jamaica Observer that "overall we gave a strong team effort from management and athletes".
The week started with some difficulties. "It was challenging at the start, but that was expected. But going into the relays with five medals and hoping to get two more we have to be satisfied, given the conditions here."
In addition to Jaheel Hyde's gold medal in a new national junior record of 49.29 seconds, and Tyler Mason's silver in the 110m hurdles, also in a new national junior record of 13.06 seconds, Carr had high praise for Michael O'Hara, the bronze medallist in the 200m, whom he said. "dug deep for the medal".
Natalliah Whyte and Genekee Leith, made it to their respective finals, as well as discus thrower Glenford Watson, who had a personal best.
Krista Gay Taylor finished 11th in the high jump after clearing 1.73m and failing three times at 1.82m, the height she had cleared in the preliminaries on Friday to qualify for the final.
A tearful Taylor told the Observer a knee injury flared up during warm-ups and, despite trying to fight through the pain, she was unable to push off for the jumps.
Akela Jones of Barbados, who had won the women's long jump, withdrew from the high jump yesterday after the warm-ups.