EUGENE, Oregon — Jamaica's women's team were beaten into second place in Saturday's 4x100m final on the penultimate day of the 18th World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, running 41.18 seconds, behind the USA.
It was an anticlimactic finish to the race, at least for the Jamaicans who boasted the 100m and 200m champions and three members of the team that won at the Olympics last year.
It was Jamaica's seventh medal of the championships as they slipped to fourth on the table with two gold medals, four silver and a bronze.
The USA continue to lead with 28, followed by Ethiopia (10) and Kenya are into third with eight medals.
Kemba Nelson, who replaced Briana Williams on the team that won in Tokyo last year, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson just failed to catch the USA who won with a world-leading 41.14 seconds.
Germany were third in 42.03 seconds.
Meanwhile, the men's team of Ackeem Blake, Yohan Blake, Oblique Seville and Jelani Walker were fourth in 38.06 seconds, while Canada upset the USA to win with a world-leading 37.48 seconds. The USA took silver with 37.58 seconds and Great Britain were third in 37.83 seconds.
Both the men's and women's 4x400m relay teams advanced to today's finals after qualifying from Saturday's preliminaries.
The women's team qualified comfortably, winning their heat in 3:24.23 seconds with the team of Stacy-Ann Williams, Junelle Bromfield, Tiffany James-Rose and Charokee Young.
The Jamaicans had the third-best time of the prelims, behind the United States and Great Britain, with individual 400m finalists Stephenie Ann McPherson and Candice McLeod expected to come in for the final.
The men's team of Ackeem Bloomfield, Jevaughn Powell, Karayme Bartley and Anthony Cox clocked 3:01.59 seconds for third place in their heat and an automatic place in the final.
The USA won the heat in 2:58.96 seconds with Japan clocking 3:01.53 seconds for second place.
Chanice Porter failed to advance in the long jump after a best mark of 6.29m (-0.4m/s) on her only legal jump of the preliminaries held in the morning session.
Porter was not happy with her performance, telling the Jamaica Observer, "I am not satisfied but I am happy to be jumping again because two weeks ago I rolled my ankle at practice so to be jumping again, that is huge for me so I am happy for where I am at."
She was uncertain about her participation at the Commonwealth Games, saying it would depend on how her ankle feels.