Jamaica’s men, like their women in the 4x400-metre final in Doha, Qatar on Sunday look for all intents set to come off second best after heats on Saturday, the penultimate day of the IAAF World Championships of Athletics painted a very clear picture.

Running in heat two of the event, the Jamaican team of Akeem Bloomfield, Nathon Allen, Terry Ricardo Thomas, and Javon Francis, clocked 3:00.76 seconds to win ahead of Belgium, 3:00.87, and Trinidad and Tobago, 3:01.35.

The makeup of the Jamaican team may improve that time with 400-metre fourth-place finisher Demish Gaye still to come in, however, heat one with a United States team, including Tyrell Richard, Vernon Norwood, Wilbert London, and Nathan Strother, was much faster, clocking 2:59.89 seconds to win by a city block.

The next team, Colombia, finished in 3:01.06 a new national record, while Italy’s 3:01.60 was good enough for third and a spot in the final.

There was one non-automatic qualifier in each of the heats, with Great Britain and Northern Ireland holding onto one with a time of 3:01.96 seconds and France, 3:01.40, the other.

The US team still has the luxury of using Fred Kerley and Michael Norman, two of the fastest men over 400 metres in the world.

The other Caribbean interest is the T&T team of Asa Guevera, Jereem Richards, Darren Alfred,  and Deon Lendore. While the time of 3:01.35 was not impressive, the addition of Machel Cedenio in the final may mean that team gets in the mix for a medal. Cedenio looked impressive in qualifying for the final of the individual 400, but faded badly under a blistering pace set by the Bahamas Steven Gardiner, but his quality in a relay is notorious.

The final of the men’s 4x400 takes place on Sunday at 1:30pm.

Jamaica’s Demish Gaye stayed strong for 390 metres but had to settle for a silver medal in the 400 metres at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Thursday.

Gaye would cross the line in a respectable 44.94 seconds but was bested by the 44.83 from Colombia’s Anthony Zambrano de la Cru.

The United States’ Justin Robinson was third in 45.07.

After the race, Gaye was a happy and said, despite not winning, his objective was achieved.

“I came out here with the intention to grab one of the medals and I did that,” he said.

In the final 100 metres of the race, Gaye said his only goal was to drive his arms, stay strong and get to the tape.

Jamaica have been doing well over the last few days on both the track and in the field and Gaye believes the pride that comes with putting on the national colours has something to do with that.

“It’s a great feeling, everytime I put on the national gears it’s a great feeling,” he said.

In addition, Gaye says the mood in the Jamaica camp has been relaxed.

“Everyone has been doing great. They’re always laughing,” he said about his teammates.

Barbados’ Jonathan Jones was another Caribbean man in the final but could only manage fifth with his 45.35, while Grenada’s Bralon Taplin, a man with immense potential was disappointingly last in 46.01.

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule won Jamaica’s second gold medal of the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru on Wednesday.

Jamaica’s 400m prospects took a blow on Friday when Nathon Allen failed to show for the heats of the 400m at the SVL/JAAA National Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Jamaica won four gold medals and several others on Saturday’s second day of the 2018 NACAC Senior Championships in Toronto, Canada.

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