2015 IAAF World Relays Championships

May 02, 2015 to May 03, 2015
Nassau, Bahamas
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Jamaica-gleaner:

Fraser-Pryce's coach Stephen Francis pulled her from the 4x100 after she wasn't started in the heats as well. Shand says that Fraser-Pryce only joined the 4x1 squad at the last minute and the team for the heats was already set.

The Guardian:

This from Kilty even after UK performance director defended the sprinters who skipped world relays. He went as far to say anyone who didn't think it was important is "an idiot".

Capital Sports:

"I agree the simple mistakes were costly but I’m happy with this team, they have a bright future because even elite athletes started from somewhere, so it’s good to give them a chance."

The Standard:

The biggest problem was the selection format. Not all of the biggest stars wanted to have to run two qualifying meets and Athletics Kenya says they'll re-examine that for 2017.

Kylemerber:

"My goal is simple: represent this country whenever I can, as best as I can."

RunBlogRun:

He says Justin Gatlin ran the most impressive leg, predicts the DMR will go global, and says Ryan Bailey's "throat slash" was good for the sport.

World Athletics:

Includes video of Ben Blankenship's DMR teammates celebrating on the sidelines as he passed Kenya to win.

Jamaica-gleaner:

Reportedly Fraser-Pryce's coach, Stephen Francis, pulled her from the final after she wasn't given a spot in the heats.
*More Info Here: Controversy Surrounds Fraser-Pryce’s World Relays Pull-Out There are accusations of "favoritism" towards certain athletes in certain groups who get more opportunities and amenities.

The Standard:

“It was a shame that our athletes do not even know how to exchange batons. Surely, how low can our standards go?”

BBC Sport:

They ran with a "B" squad and narrowly missed qualifying automatically for the 2016 Olympics. "We all have our individual aspirations but the relay's a massive thing and we could have qualified for Rio automatically here. ... So why are the guys sat at home?"
*Three GB Relay Teams Secure Olympic Spots

Jamaica-gleaner:

Gay: "That's his (Bolt's) opinion and I will respect his opinion, and that's the way it is."

LRC U.S. Women Repeat in 4x800 With Comfortable 8:00.62 Victory

Chanelle Price (2:01.30), Maggie Vessey (2:00.92), Molly Beckwith-Ludlow (1:59.50) and Alysia Montaño (1:58.90) all ran great as the U.S. easily beat runner-up Poland and shaved .96 of a second off the national record.

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