Men’s 4x100m quartet flop
Women’s, Men’s 4x400m reach finalSaturday, April 22, 2017
BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior staff reporter
A botched second-leg exchange between Kemar Bailey-Cole and Jevaughn Minzie ruined Jamaica’s chances in the Men’s 4x100m relay at the World Relays in The Bahamas last night.
Everton Clarke gave Jamaica a decent start but the baton never got to anchor leg runner Yohan Blake who was left stranded. The race was won by the Netherlands in 38.21 seconds ahead of China in 38.97 with Australia third in 39.09 seconds.
In the next heat Canadian Andre DeGrasse showed that he has improved leaps and bounds when he pegged back American Justin Gatlin while looking across at least two times on his aging rival. Canada won in 38.21 with the USA second in 38.22. France was third with 39.10.
Great Britain’s, Zharnel Hughes, looked impressive in qualifying for the final, winning heat three in 38.32 seconds.
As the 4x100m Jamaican men failed, the Women’s 4x400m team reached the final after finishing second behind Poland.
The Jamaican quartet of Christine Day, Janieve Russell, Dawnalee Loney, and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby (in running order) clocked 3:29.93 minutes in a steady run throughout. The surprisingly good-looking Polish quartet stopped the clock at 3:29.43 and will be a force to be reckoned with in the final.
The Americans won heat one in 3:29.27 and will enter the final as the fastest qualifiers. While Nigeria took the third heat in 3:31.97. The final is set for today at 8:11 pm (Jamaica time).
Men’s 4x400m team of Javere Bell, Javon Francis, Peter Mathews and newbie Demish Gaye, running in that order, brought some smiles back to the faces of Team Jamaica athletes when they finished second in heat three with 3:03.52 minutes. The heat was won by the emerging Botswana in 3:03.09 with Brazil third 3:05.05.
Bell gave Jamaica a good start handing joint first but Francis, who normally runs the anchor leg, was not so inpressive on the second leg and handed over third, but Mathews ran well and brought Jamaica into second before Gaye ran a measured race to qualify easily.
Trinidad amd Tobago, who defeated the Americans in the second heat, enter the final with the fastest time of 3:02.51. The USA without LaShawn Merritt was second with 3:02.62. France won heat one in 3:04.74 seconds.
World Relays Timetable
Sunday, April 23
6:35pm - Men’s 4x200m heats
7:00pm - Women’s 4x100m heats
7:22pm - Men’s 4x400m final B
7:35pm - Women’s 4x400m final B
7:47pm - Men’s 4x800m final
8:11pm - Women’s 4x400m final
8:29pm - Men’s 4x200m final
8:46pm - Women’s 4x100m final B
8:55pm - Men’s 4x400m final
9:13pm - Women’s 4x100m final
9:30m - Mixed 4x400m final
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