Jamaican quartet through to women's 4x100m relay final, T&T misses out

By August 25, 2023
Elaine Thompson-Herah (left) on the second leg for Jamaica at right, Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ayhe accepts the baton from Akilah Lewis during the women's 4x100m relays heats in Budapest, Hungary on Friday. Elaine Thompson-Herah (left) on the second leg for Jamaica at right, Trinidad and Tobago's Michelle-Lee Ayhe accepts the baton from Akilah Lewis during the women's 4x100m relays heats in Budapest, Hungary on Friday. Loop News/Marlon Reid

Jamaica secured their spot in the women’s 4x100m relays finals, after registering a comfortable victory in the heats, while Trinidad and Tobago missed out, at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Friday.

Running from lane two, the Jamaican quartet of Briana Williams, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shashalee Forbes and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 41.70s ahead of Great Britain 42.33 and Switzerland (42.64s).

Trinidad and Tobago’s quartet of Akilah Lewis, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Reyare Thomas, who ran a blistering 9.66s on the third leg, and Leah Bertrand, placed fifth from lane eight in 42.85s.

Unfortunately, that was not good enough to progress as one of the non-automatic qualifiers on time. Those spots were taken by Netherlands (42.53s) and Poland (42.65s), who were fourth and fifth respectively in heat two.

That heat was expectedly won by United States, who progressed as the fastest qualifiers in 41.59s, ahead of Cote D’Ivoire, who achieved a new Area Record 41.90s and Italy, who finished in a National Record 42.14s.

The final will be contested tomorrow at 2:50pm Jamaica time.

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Sherdon Cowan

Sherdon Cowan is a five-time award-winning journalist with 10 years' experience covering sports.

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