Two gold, one silver as Jamaica finish World Relays in style

Two gold, one silver as Jamaica finish World Relays in style

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Monday, May 04, 2015

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JAMAICA added three more medals, including two gold on last night's second and final day of the 2nd IAAF World Relay Championships at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium in the Bahamas and went a far way to redemption after just two silvers on Saturday's opening session.

The men's 4x200m team without World Record holder Usain Bolt retained their title while the veteran Veronica Campbell Brown rolled back the clock to anchor the women's 4x100m team to a close victory over the Americans, avenging last year's loss.

The women's 4x400m were second again as Jamaica finished with five medals after winning two on Saturday -- in the men's 4x100m and the women's 4x200m.

Jamaica were second in the points tables with 46, behind the USA's 63 with Poland third with 34, followed by Australia (25), rounding out the top four teams.

The Jamaican men made up for their loss Saturday night in the 4x100m by retaining the 4x200m despite the absence of Bolt, who watched the race from the stands.

Nickel Ashmeade, who replaced Jermaine Brown who ran in the semi-finals earlier in the day, Rasheed Dwyer, Jason Livermore and Warren Weir got away with an iffy baton change to run 1:20.97 minutes to get to the line first.

As their women did a night earlier, the American men had issues with their baton changes and were disqualified after another great run by Justin Gatlin, this time on the anchor leg, crossing the line third.

France were second in 1:21.49, while Germany were promoted to third after running 1:22.65.

The Jamaican men ran faster in the semi-finals with a World Leading 1:20.19 to win their heat with Dwyer, Livermore, Brown and Weir on anchor beating France (1:21.41) and Germany, who ran a National Record 1:21.46.

Campbell Brown replaced Natasha Morrison, who had anchored the women's 4x100m in the semi-finals and chased and caught American anchor leg runner Carmelita Jeter, getting to the line a stride and half ahead of her.

Simone Facey, Kerron Stewart and Schillonie Calvert had kept the Jamaicans in the race with strong legs and left it up to Campbell Brown to lead them to victory in a world-leading 42.14 seconds.

The USA were second with 42.32 seconds and Great Britain third in 42.84 seconds.

In the semi-finals run earlier in the afternoon, they had clocked a then world-leading 42.50 seconds to win the first semi-final heat, beating Canada (42.94 seconds) and Nigeria (43.56).

The women's 4x400m team of Anastasia Leroy, Novlene Williams-Mils, who replaced Natoya Goule who ran in Saturday's semi-final, Christine Day and Stephenie Ann McPherson took silver in 3:22.49 minutes behind the USA's Championship Record 3:19.39with Great Britain taking the bronze in 3: 26.38 seconds.

Yesterday, the USA and Jamaica separated themselves from the rest of the field, opening up a big lead while three teams -- Great Britain, France and Poland -- battled for the bronze.

The Jamaica women had also won the silver last year, beaten again by the USA with Williams Mills and Leroy, joining Kaliese Spencer and Shericka Jackson.

The men's 4x400m team were fourth, just missing a medal as Javon Francis failed to repeat his heroics from 24 hours earlier when he had split 44.02 seconds to take the team from fifth to second.

He managed to take the team from about sixth on the anchor leg, but failed to catch the top three as Jamaican clocked 3:00.23 seconds.

The USA retained their title with a world-leading 2:58.43 minutes, beating the Bahamas' 2:58.91 and Belgium took third with a new National Record 2:59.33.


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