Jamaica 4x100m relay team runs second-fastest time in the world at GC Foster

By May 09, 2021

Jamaica looks set to qualify a men’s 4x100m relay team for the Tokyo Olympics this summer after running the second-fastest time in the world this year at a time trials meet at GC Foster yesterday.

The team of Asafa Powell, Oshane Bailey, Yohan Blake and Julian Forte clocked 38.33 that is only bettered by China’s 38.29 established on March 20, this year.

Jamaica was in a race against time to achieve a qualifying time for the Olympic Games after it withdrew from the recently concluded World Relays in Poland where the top eight teams automatically qualified for the Olympic Games.

However, after Saturday’s performance, qualifying could become a formality.

In the race at GC Foster, a Jamaica Green team of Ackeem Blake, Romario Williams, Nigel Ellis and Kadrian Goldson was second in 39.55.

A St Vincent team of McKish Compton, Javon Rollins, OJ Jackson and Akani Slater were third in 40.13.

Meanwhile, Blake followed up his 9.98/10.02 runs a week ago with a 10.05 wind-legal run to win the 100m time trial. Bailey was second overall in 10.13 while Williams was third fastest with 10.16.

World Champion and Olympic bronze medalist ran a fast 22.62 to win the 200m ahead of Stephenie-Ann McPherson, who in continuing her quest to develop her speed, was timed in 22.98. Shashelee Forbes was third in 23.03.

The men’s event was won by Anthony Carpenter of Legacy Athletics. The former Calabar High quarter-miler ran a decent 20.88 with a 2.2m/s trailing wind. Breakout sprint hurdler Rasheed Broadbell was second best with his time of 20.95 while Michael Sharpe of GC Foster crossed in 20.98 to be third overall.

Janieve Russell clocked 55.45 to win the 400m hurdles ahead of Rhonda Whyte (56.29).

 

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