Trinidad and Tobago won the men’s 4x400m while Jamaica snatched three medals on Sunday’s (12 May) final day of the IAAF World Relays 2019 concluded in Yokohama, Japan.
Deon Lendore led Trinidad and Tobago off with 45.9s. He handed off to Jareem Richards, who split 44.8s. Asa Guevara, on the third leg, held his own with 45.7s to give Machel Cedenio, who delivered an impressive 44.4s split on anchor, which was enough to take the Twin Islands Republic home in 3:00.81, the best time in the world so far this year.
Jamaica took silver in a season-best 3:01.57s. Demish Gaye got the reggae land men off to a reasonably good start with 45.9s. Akeem Bloomfield, 44.9s and Rusheen McDonald, 45.3s kept things close. Nathon Allen, on anchor, took Jamaica home with 45.4.
The USA, which led up to the final lap, was later disqualified.
Jonielle Smith with a blazing anchor leg took Jamaica to the second position in the women’s 4x100m final. The team, which included Gayon Evans, Natasha Morrison and Shashalee Forbes, finish in 43.29s, just behind The USA 43.27.
Jamaica’s female 4x200m team, seen as the best chance for gold with Elaine Thompson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, had to settle for third in 1:33.21, luckily with the disqualification of USA.
France won the event in 1:32.16 ahead of China 1:32.76.
Jamaica’s male 4x100m team of Nesta Carter, Julian Forte, Rasheed Dwyer and Nigel Ellis, finished 6th in 38.88. Brazil won in 38.05 ahead of USA 38.07.
The women’s 4x400m quartet of Chrisann Gordon (52.6-split), Anastasia Le-Roy (52.0), Tiffany James (51.7) and Janieve Russell (52.0), finished 5th in 3:28.30. Poland took the top spot in 3:27.49 ahead of The USA 3:27.65