No Surprise As Jamaica Stands Out At IAAF World Relays

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Jura Levy, Shericka Jackson, Sashalee Forbes and Elaine Thompson of Jamaica pose on the podium after finishing first in the Women's 4 x 200 Meters Final during the IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017 at Thomas Robinson Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for IAAF)
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Jura Levy, Shericka Jackson, Sashalee Forbes and Elaine Thompson of Jamaica pose on the podium after finishing first in the Women’s 4 x 200 Meters Final during the IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017 at Thomas Robinson Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for IAAF)
Christmas in August

By NAN Contributor

News Americas, NASSAU, Bahamas, Mon. April 24, 2017: The Jamaican men may have shocked the world of athletic fans by dropping the baton in their 4×100 m relays heats, but Team Jamaica still managed to stand out at the IAAF/BTC World Relays at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, the Bahamas over the weekend.

The Jamaicans managed to finish with 39 points at the Relays, right behind the US with 60 points.

Jamaica’s women took gold in the 4×200 Meters Relay final in a time of 1:29.04 ahead of Germany and the US. Propelled by a strong opening leg by Jura Levy, Team Jamaica powered to the convincing victory to clock a World Relays record in the process.

The Jamaican women, however, had to settle for silver in the 4×100 Meters Relay final and bronze in the 4×400 meters relay final, in a time of 42.95 and 3:28.49, respectively.

The Jamaican men were also third in the 4×200 relays in a time of 1:21.09.

Barbados men took second in the men’s 4×100 meters relay in a time of 39.18 behind the USA and ahead of China after the Jamaicans dropped the baton in their heats.

The third leg runner, Jevaughn Minzie, failed to grab the stick from Kemar Bailey-Cole in their heats which left team anchor Yohan Blake looking for an incoming runner that never arrived.

Meanwhile, in the 4×400 mixed relays finals, the Bahamas squad that included Shaunae Miller-Uibo, took the gold ahead of the USA in a time of 3:14.42. Jamaica had to settle for the bronze with a time of 3:20.26.

Usain Bolt did not participate in the World Relays.

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