Trinidad and Tobago continued their reign as kings of the quarter-mile after a narrow win in the men’s 4x400m final at the IAAF World Relays, in Yokohama, on Sunday.

A powerful final leg from Machel Cedenio, not only held off a late surge from perennial rivals Jamaica, who were anchored by Nathon Allen but also overhauled tiring USA anchor leg runner Paul Dedewo.  T&T claimed the event in a world-leading 3:00.81.  Initially Allen seemed to have stumbled across the line for second, but the USA were later disqualified.  The decision saw the Jamaicans claim the silver medal in 3:01:57 with Belgium third in 3:02.70.

Demish Gaye began the relay for the Jamaicans before handing off to Akeem Bloomfield, with the third leg run by Rusheen McDonald.  Cedenio received the baton from Asa Guevara, with Deon Lendore handing off to Jereem Richards prior to that.

In the women’s equivalent, the Jamaicans faded away badly on the stretch to finish in 5th place.  The event was surprisingly won by Poland (3:27:49) who held off a late surge down the stretch from the United States who finished second in 3:27.65.  Italy finished in third place in 3:27.74.

 

A late surge to claim women’s 4x100m goal, from Jamaica anchor leg runner Jonielle Smith, was one of very few highlights on an otherwise disappointing second day of the IAAF World Relays, in Yokohama on Sunday.

Faced with a slight deficit on the final leg, Smith doggedly chased American Alecia Hobbs to the line but the quartet came up just short of the gold medal.  Hobbs finished the race for the four US athletes in a time of 43.27, with Smith just behind in 43.29.  The Germans quartet were third in 43.68.

Gayon Evans started things off for the Jamaicans, before handing off to Natasha Morrison with Sashalee Forbes running the third leg.  The US were led off by Mikiah Brisco, who handed off to Ashley Henderson and then Dezerea Bryant.

In the men’s equivalent, a Jamaica men’s team were never really in contention and the quartet of Nesta Carter, Julian Forte, Rasheed Dwyer and Nigel Ellis finished a distant sixth place.

Earlier, a star-studded Jamaica 4x200m women’s relay team started heavy favourites in that event but only managed third place after the disqualification of the United States.  Olympic champion Elaine Thompson got the Jamaicans off to a good start but the team was immediately put on the back foot with a botched change to Stephenie-Ann Mcpherson.  Decorated sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce again put the team in contention but again lost the advantage after a poor change over with Shericka Jackson.  The team crossed the line fourth in 1:33.21 but were eventually upgraded after the USA’s disqualification.  France crossed the line first in 1:32.16 with China second in 1:32.21.

 

 

 

The United States kicked off the IAAF World Relays Yokohama 2019 with a bang on Saturday (11), producing convincing victories in the competition’s two newest events. 

Cubie Seegobin, the agent who represents Yohan Blake says he is still to understand why Jamaica’s track and field bosses refused to allow the 2011 World Champion to run the 4x200m relay at the IAAF World Relays this weekend.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce fancies Jamaica’s chances in the 4x200m relay at this weekend’s IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan.

 

The Bahamas will send only a men’s 4x400m relay team to the IAAF World Relays set for Yokohama, Japan from May 11-12.

That team will be comprised of Steven Gardiner, Alonzo Russell, O’Jay Ferguson, Andre Colebrook and Teray Smith.

The BAAA made the announcement via a statement released on Wednesday in which it cited a failure of to meet qualification standards as the reasons behind the decision not to enter a 4x100m or 4x200m squad or even a mixed relays team.

The Bahamas won the mixed relays when the championships they hosted the relays 2017. However, according to the BAAA things have changed dramatically since then.

“Within this track and field cycle, we are mindful of using every opportunity to qualify for the World Championships,” said Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mabeline Miller.

“This is why it was important to contest the traditional 4×100 and 4×100 events in Tokyo. Entry standards were only imposed in the 4×100 and 4×400 and are determined through the IAAF World Ranking list. The final entry deadline was on April 22, 2019.

“After submitting our entries, we received news today that the men’s and women’s 4×100 relay teams did not make the top 24, meaning that The Bahamas does not have a lane in those events. As a result, we have decided to withdraw our men’s 4×200 team as this is not an event on the World Championship schedule.”

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson are down the run the 4x200m relays at the IAAF World Relays set for Yokohama, Japan on May 12 and 13. Meanwhile, veteran Yohan Blake will Jamaica’s 4x100m campaign.

The 42-member team named by the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) on Wednesday, sees reigning CAC 100m champion Jonielle Smith, Jura Levy, Natasha Morrison, Sashalee Forbes and Sherone Simpson down to contest the 4x100m women.

Blake, Julian Forte, Tyquendo Tracey, Jevaughn Minzie and Kenroy Anderson have been named in the men’s 4x100 squad.

The 4x200m female squad is comprised of Shericka Jackson, Sashalee Forbes, Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Stephanie Ann McPherson. Forte, Nigel Ellis, Rasheed Dwyer and Oshane Bailey were assembled for the men’s squad.

Jamaica’s 4x400m squads include Demish Gaye, Fitzroy Dunkley, Rusheen McDonald, Ackeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen. The women’s team also looks a strong squad with Christine Day, Chrisann Gordon, Anastasia Le-Roy, Janieve Russell and Roneisha McGregor.

For the mixed relays, the JAAA selection committee went with Rhonda Whyte, Tiffany James, Shian Salmon, Javon Francis, Anthony Carpenter and Jamari Rose while Yanique Thompson, Megan Tapper, Amoi Brown, Andrew Riley, Norman Pittersgill and Ronald Levy will contest the newly introduced shuttle mixed relays.

The team to be managed by Ludlow Watts will have Maurice Wilson as its head coach.

There has been strong interest from Jamaica’s elite athletes in competing at the 2019 World Relays set for Yokohama, Japan on May 12 and 13.

Two new events have been added to the 2019 IAAF World Relays that are being held in Yokohama, Japan on May 11 and 12.

Jamaican government really wanted to host the IAAF World Relays in 2019 but it would have been too soon, Jamaica's sports minister has said. 

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