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T&T follow US into men's 4x400 final, Jamaica's underestimates field to drop out
Another potential medal has gone abegging for the luckless Jamaica at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics, as an understrengthed 4x400 team crashed out of the heats to make sure the final race of the championships will not include the island, which claimed silver in 2015.
Deciding against running the two athletes who made the final of the individual 400, Nathon Allen and Demish Gaye, instead, replacing them with Rusheen McDonald and Jamari Rose, the Jamaicans gradually lost ground and faded badly down the stretch to end third in 3:01.98.
The heat was won by Spain in 3:01.72, with Poland second in 3:01.78, and Cuba third in 3:01.88.
Jamaica led through the first two legs, though they were always under pressure from the Spanish team.
The third leg of the heat proved instumental as Darwin Echeverry ran a good leg to get around Rose and McDonald found himself so short of fitness that he never recovered, and in a bid to get back to first place, used too much energy, fading over the last 100 metres, as Poland and Cuba took advantage.
In the meantime, there were no such troubles for the United States, who led from coast to coast in their heat t qualify in 2:59.23.
Trinidad and Tobago did make them work for it though, running on their shoulder through each leg to end in 2:59.35
The race was fast and pulled Belgium, which qualified in third place, to 2:59.47. It also pulled Great Britain and Northern Ireland to 3:00.10 and France to 3:00.93, pushing Jamaica out.