Jamaica earns bronze in women's 4x100

United States' Tori Bowie crosses the line to win the gold in the women's 4x100-meter relay final during the World Athletics Championships in London Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

A new-look Jamaica 4x100-metre team finished on the podium of the women's event at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in London, finishing third behind the United States and Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The United States team of Aaliyah Brown, Allyson Felix, Morolake Akinosun and Tori Bowie were just too good for the rest of the field, winning in 41.82.

The victory meant Bowie became the first double gold medalist at the world championships. At the same time, Felix earned a record 15th medal at the world championships in a career going back to 2005.

Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 42.12 finished just ahead of the Jamaicans, 42.19.

The British side benefitted from a mistake on the final changeover of the Jamaican team of Jura Levy, Natasha Morrison, Simone Facey, Sashalee Forbes.

Facey, trying to place the baton in the hand of Forbes, missed, and had to do it again.

During the miss, the British team, gained all the time. 

By the time the change was made, the Jamaicans had moved from a close first, to third.

There would be nobody to stay with Bowie, so a close first, was in essence, a silver medal position, and though Forbes ran well to stay ahead of Germany's Rebekka Haase, she could gain no ground on the two in front of her.

Trinidad and Tobago's team of Semoy Hackett, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Khalifa St Fort and Kelly-Ann Baptiste, were sixth in 42.62, finishing behind Switzerland, 42.51, but ahead of Brazil, 42.63, and the Netherlands, 43.07.

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IAAF World Championships of Athletics: Jamaica: Britain: United States
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