Jamaica wins gold at world championships relays
Jamaica won gold in the men and women’s 4×100 metres relay today at the IAAF world championships in Beijing.
Usain Bolt, who had already won the 100 and 200 metres events at the Bird’s Nest Stadium, stormed across the line in 37.36 seconds to give his country a fourth straight world title in the event.
The United States team featuring Justin Gatlin, who won silver behind Bolt in both individual sprints, botched their final handover between Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers and were disqualified after crossing the line second.
That elevated hosts China to second place to win the silver medal in 38.01 with Canada taking the bronze in 38.13.
It was a record-extending 11th world gold for Bolt, who also won three sprint titles at the 2009 and 2013 world championships.
“I told you I was coming here and do my best as always. I was coming here to achieve gold medals and that’s what I did,” Bolt told reporters.
Jamaica have now won the sprint relay at six straight major global championships, including the last two Olympics, but for the first 200m it did not look like they were going to extend their dominance.
While Nesta Carter and former world record holder Asafa Powell did not get Jamaica off to the best of starts, the Americans were flying with Trayvon Bromell and Gatlin tearing up the track.
Nickel Ashmeade, who won bronze behind Bolt and Gatlin in the 100 metres, gained ground on Gay coming round the final bend but the Americans were looking in good shape to repeat their victory over the Jamaicans at this year’s world relays.
On the final handover, however, Gay was initially unable to get the baton to Rodgers and by the time he did, the anchorman was outside the exchange zone.
Bolt already had the Jamaican baton safely in his hand and sprinted to victory down a track on which he has now won six major global championship gold medals.
The women’s team, which comprised Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson and Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce on anchor, finished the race in 41.07 seconds to win gold.
America came in second in 41.68 seconds, and Trinidad and Togabo took bronze in 42.03 seconds.