Jamaican women fastest, T&T women help fly Caribbean 4x100 flag

By October 04, 2019
Jamaica's Jonielle Smith, right, screams to encourage teammate Natasha Morrison during the women's 4x100 meter relay at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Jamaica's Jonielle Smith, right, screams to encourage teammate Natasha Morrison during the women's 4x100 meter relay at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. AP Photo/Martin Meissner

Jamaica’s 4x100-metre relay team at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar, are the quickest through to the final of the event after Friday’s heats.

The Jamaican team of Natalliah Whyte, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jonielle Smith, and Natasha Morrison clocked 42.11 seconds in winning heat two of the event ahead of the team from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who tried to close with 200-metre World Champion and 100-metre silver medallist Dina Asher-Smith on the anchor, but found too much to do, eventually stopping the clovk in 42.25 seconds.

Third in that, very fast heat was the People’s Republic of China, 42.36 seconds.

The heat was so fast, that both non-automatic qualifiers would come from it Germany (42.82) and Italy with a national record of 42.90 seconds.

Trinidad and Tobago’s team of Semoy Hackett, Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Reyare Thomas, and Kamaria Durant, are also through to the final of the event, as they finished the first heat second, clocking 42.75 seconds, behind the United States’ 42.46. Switzerland hung on to the final automatic qualification spot with a time of 42.82 seconds.

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