Jamaica missed out on the medals on Friday’s (15 July) opening day of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 at Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon.
The team of Demish Gaye, Tiffany James, Karayme Bartley and Stacey-Ann Williams finished fifth with a combined time of 3:12.71, the country’s best this season. Jamaica brought in Williams for the final.
Dominican Republic won the event in 3:09.82, the second fastest time ever, after the WR set by the USA of 3:09.34 at Doha 2019. The Dominican was the silver medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Netherlands took silver as Femke Bol ran down Kennedy Simon (USA) on the final straightaway to cross the line in 3:09.90, a national record. The Netherlands had been 4th at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The United States took bronze, the same medal they won at the Tokyo Olympics. This time they crossed the line in 3:10.16. Allyson Felix ran the 2nd leg for the USA and won her 19th World Championship medal, extending her record for the most medals at the World Championships.
Felix also won a medal for her 8th World Championships, breaking the record she co-held with Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) with 7.
Also, Felix has won World Championship medals over a span of 17 years, breaking the record of 16 held by Jésus Ángel García (ESP) in race walking (1993-2009).
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