Jamaica earn 4x100 bronze, Barbados miss out

By April 14, 2018

Jamaica’s 4x100 men’s team to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games had to be satisfied with a bronze medal on Saturday’s final day of athletics at the Carrara Stadium Track in Australia.

The Jamaican team of Everton Clarke, Oshane Bailey, Warren Weir and Yohan Blake clocked 38.35 seconds to finish behind Zharnel Hughes’ England, 38.13, and Akani Simbine’s South Africa, 38.24.

The Jamaicans, missing a number of athletes who seemed to always find a way to bring gold to the Caribbean sprint nation, did not look like gold medal contenders in the heats where they were well beaten by England and the final provided more of the same, as Hughes again proved himself in sublime shape to help the England team to a clocking that was not too shabby at this time of the season, well ahead of the Jamaicans.

They also beat the highly fancied South African team, which had the gold and silver medal winners from the individual 100 metres a few days ago.

Hosts Australia finished well back in fourth, completing the one-lap relay in 38.58. The hosts were good enough to get the better of another Caribbean team in Barbados, who stopped the clock in 39.04 for fifth.

Sri Lanka enjoyed a new national record with their sixth-place run, clocked at 39.08, while Malaysia, 39.37 were seventh with Nigeria disqualified.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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