Mixed results for Jamaica on opening day of World Relays

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Jordan Forte

Jamaica's team didn't show for the final of the mixed shuttle hurdles relay on Saturday’s opening day of competition at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan as one of its members were injured. This, despite the team of Amoi Brown, Andrew Riley, Megan Tapper and Ronald Levy topping heat one earlier with 55.47 seconds.

The USA won the final with 54.96 seconds. Earlier, Jamaica qualified teams for four of the five relays they entered. 

The quartet of Nesta Carter, Julian Forte, Rasheed Dwyer and Tyqendo Tracey finished 3rd in heat one of the men's 4x100 metres in 38.51 seconds to qualify as a fastest loser. Great Britain won the heat in 38.11 with Brazil second in 38.22. The female team of Sherone Simpson, Natasha Morrison, Shashalee Forbes and Jonielle Smith were second in heat 3 of the women's event in 43.08 seconds, just behind Germany who won in 43.03 to qualify automatically.

The country's men's 4X400 metres relay team of Demish Gaye, Ackeem Bloomfield, Javon Francis and Nathon Allen qualified automatically for that final after turning in 3 minutes, 02.67 seconds for second in heat 2 behind the USA who clocked 3:02.06.

Their female compatriots including Christine Day, Shiann Salmon, Tiffany James and Chrisann Gordon took one of the non-automatic qualifying spots in the 4x400 metres after clocking 3 minutes, 28.80 seconds to finish third in heat 3. The mixed 4 by 4 relay team which featured Fitzroy Dunkley, Janieve Russell, Ronda Whyte and Jamari Rose however missed out on qualification, despite finishing third in their heat in 3 minutes, 18.47.

The competition comes to an end on Sunday with Jamaica fielding teams in both 4x100 and 4X200 metre events as well as the 4x400 metres for both men and women. TVJ Sports Network and Hitz 92 FM will have live coverage of the event with action set to get underway at 4:31 am Jamaica time.

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