Paulino produces spirited anchor leg to help Dominican Republic book spot in Mixed 4x400m final at World Athletics Relays

By Sports Desk May 04, 2024
The Dominican Republic's Mixed 4x400m team including from left: Anabel Medina Ventura, Marileidy Paulino, Alexander Ogando and Yeral Nunez. The Dominican Republic's Mixed 4x400m team including from left: Anabel Medina Ventura, Marileidy Paulino, Alexander Ogando and Yeral Nunez.

Reigning World 400m champion Marileidy Paulino produced a special anchor leg to help the Dominican Republic book their spot in the final of the Mixed 4x400m relay on day one of the World Athletics Relays at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau on Saturday.

Paulino got the baton down the field and produced a 48.93 split on her anchor leg to move her country up to second (3:14.39) and secure a spot in Saturday’s final alongside the Netherlands who won the heat in 3:12.16.

Both teams also secured their spots in the field at the Olympics in Paris later this year.

Jamaica (Roshawn Clarke, Leah Anderson, Rusheen McDonald, Janieve Russell) ran 3:14.83 and hosts the Bahamas (Alonzo Russell, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Steven Gardiner, Shania Adderley) ran 3:14.86 but failed to advance to the final after finishing third and fourth, respectively.

Both teams will get another opportunity to make it to Paris in the second round of Olympic qualifying on Sunday.

USA (3:11.52), Ireland (3:12.50), Belgium (3:13.18) Poland (3:13.53), Nigeria (3:13.79) and France (3:14.71) make up the eight teams to advance to the final.

 

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