It’s a new world record in the 4 x 200m IAAF World relays thanks to a scintillating performance from Jamaican quartet of Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir, Jermaine Brown, and Yohan Blake who won the event yesterday in a time of 1:18.63 seconds…shaving off 5/10 of a second off the previous record.
The previous record of 1:18.68 was held by the Santa Monica Club of the United States and had stood for 20 years.
Blake ran his anchor leg in an unofficial 19 seconds flat and won by a huge margin way ahead of St. Kitts who was in second place. the United States came charging back, after muffling the baton on the third led, to finished third, but was disqualified. Blake though was truly the class of the field as he stomp his dominance in the absence of world record 100 m and 200m champion Usain Bolt.
Once again Jamaica made the statement that they are here to stay and dominate in world class sprinting. That seems to be true considering the large number of young sprinters coming through the system and recording great times.
On the women’s side, they finished second to the United States in the 4 x 100 m behind the United States
The Jamaicans pocketed US$50,000 for their victory and will get another US$50,000 once the world record is ratified.
All in all, it was another great day for Jamaican sprinting.