Vintage Yohan! World champ propels Racers at Gibson
Gibson records for JC, Edwin Allen
IAAF World Championships 100m gold medallist Yohan Blake turned in a scintillating run yesterday to lead his Racers Lions team to victory in the Men's Clubs and Institutions 4x100m relay finals in a world-leading 38.48 seconds at the 36th running of the Gibson Relays at the national stadium.
Taking the baton from Mario Forsythe in third place, Blake turned on the burners as he cruised past training partners Racers TC, 38.76 seconds, and MVP, 38.76, to defend their title from last year.
Racers Lion's time was faster than the 38.84 seconds set by a SWET quartet at the Milo Western Relays two weeks ago, but they failed to get past the first round after the baton fell on the second change over between brothers Dexter and Keneil Lee.
Kimari Roach had started the race handing over to Remaldo Rose on the back stretch and Blake told reporters afterwards he was "training very well and ahead of where I am supposed to be right now".
The former St Jago standout said he was "excited" to be preparing for his first Olympic Games, "It is going to be very interesting. Last year I was chasing them, now they have to be chasing me."
Even without team leader and double world record-holder Usain Bolt not running yesterday, Blake said he was "never pressured" to take over the lead, explaining that Coach Glen Mills had left instructions that he should "keep calm, wait for the baton and run them down".
Up to press time last night, two relay records had been set and one in the Men's One Mile Open as well as the Men's pole vault Open.
Jamaica College's Class Two 4x100m team of Edward Clarke, Rohan Walker, Tyler Mason and Devaughn Baker ran a brilliant 40.76 seconds to beat the old 41.04 set five years ago in 2007 by Calabar High.
Afte dropping the baton in the Class Two race where they were red-hot favorites to win, Edwin Allen rebounded in the Class Four to win in 47.31 seconds, erasing the old mark of 47.49 previously held by Holmwood Technical since 2009.
Shavell Riley, Aaliayah Hopkins, Shellese Clarke and Khamoy Farquharson were the foursome for Edwin Allen.
In the Class One race, World Youth Championships 200m medallist Sherika Jackson produced possibly the best leg of the day when she came from about 10 metres back to catch the anchor leg runner from Canada's Flying Angels to win in 45.63 seconds.
Holmwood won both the Class Two and Class Three races, while Kingston College (KC) took the Class One Boys event in 40.49 seconds ahead of Green Island, 40.97. Wolmer's won Class Three and Kingston College the Class Four.
The firs record to fall was the first final of the afternoon when MVP's Rayon Lawrence ran 4 minutes 09.00 seconds to win the One Mile run, beating the 4:11.30 set by Shawn Pitter last year.
Pitter was second also under the old record with 4:09.35m, while Kevin Campbell was third.
Edwin Allen High schoolgirl Ashanni Robb won the female One Mile run, chasing down GC Foster's Chunte Roberts in the home stretch to win in 5 minutes 13.37 seconds as GC Foster's Shanese Young was third.
World Student Games gold medallist Hansle Parchment of the UWI, Mona, broke the record in the Men's 110m hurdles, running 13.79 seconds into a 1.4m wind, eclipsing the old mark of 14.09 he set last year.
Markino Buckley took the silver in 14.19, with Lorne Campbell third 14.53.
World 100m champion Yohan Blake (second left) leading the Racers Lions team to victory in the Men's Clubs and Institutions 4x100m relay final in a world-leading 38.48 seconds at the 36th Gibson Relays at the National Stadium yesterday. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)
Jamaica College's anchor runner DeVaughn Baker accepts the baton from teammate Tyler Mason on the way to a record run of 40.76 seconds in the Boys Class Two 4X100m relay final at the National Stadium yesterday. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)