Jamaica through to final of women’s 4x400, US team shade quickest tag

By July 14, 2018

The United States U20 4x400-metre team at the World Under-20 Championship in Tampere, Finland are the quickest through to the final, but only just, with a Jamaican team showing themselves up for a fight. 

The Jamaican team of Janielle Joseph, Stacey-Ann Williams, Chrissani May, and Calisha Taylor, recorded, what at the time of heat one was the World under-20 lead, a time of 3:34.22.

The time put them ahead of Italy’s national under-20 record run of 3:35.86. The race also yielded a non-automatic qualifier in Brazil, whose area under-20 record of 3:36.22 was good enough to see them into the final.

The United States, who used Symone Mason, Shae Anderson, Jan'Taijah Ford, and Arria Minor, in their heat, stopped the clock at 3:33.11 seconds to win ahead of the Dominican Republic, who ended in a new national under-20 record of 3:36.22.

Germany qualified as fastest losers from the heat in 3:36.50.

In heat two just the automatic qualifers made it through, with Australia topping the eight entrants with 3:35.48, followed closely by Canada in 3:36.14. Japan just missed out with their 3:36.70 third-place finish.

Paul-Andre Walker

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