May 3, 2015
The U.S. won seven of the 10 events at the 2015 World Relays, tallying 63 points to easily win the team championship — the Golden Baton — over runners-up Jamaica (46 points). The only events the U.S. didn’t win were the men’s and women’s 4×200 (where the U.S. was done in by a pair of shoddy handoffs) and the women’s 4×100, where they were second to Jamaica.
Results and brief recap of the day 2 sprint finals below.
Women’s 4×400: USA Cruises to Win Over Jamaica
|3||GBR||GREAT BRITAIN & N.I.||GBR||3:26.38||SB||6|
The U.S. team of Phyllis Francis, Natasha Hastings, Sanya Richards-Ross and Francena McCorory was just too good for Jamaica.
|4||TTO||TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO||TTO||3:35.23||SB|
Men’s 4×200: In a Race Full of Poor Exchanges, Usain Bolt-less Jamaica Screws Up Least
|6||SKN||SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS||SKN||1:22.92||3|
|USA||UNITED STATES||USA||DQ R170.7|
Bolt, who most assumed would sub into the Jamaican team in the final, sat this one out as an injury precaution, and just like the women’s final last night, this turned into a very entertaining race. Both Jamaica and France had poor passes but it was the U.S. that really screwed up as they dropped the baton on the Isiah Young-Curtis Mitchell handoff (second exchange), which led to them being disqualified for passing the baton out of the exchange zone. Despite the poor handoff, the U.S. still managed to cross the line third as Justin Gatlin made up a massive amount of ground on the anchor leg — though it was ultimately for nought.
Race for US Visitors:
Gatlin talks about 4×200:
Women’s 4×100: Veronica Campbell-Brown Anchors Jamaica to Victory
|3||GBR||GREAT BRITAIN & N.I.||GBR||42.84||SB||6||0.132|
|5||TTO||TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO||TTO||42.88||4||0.162|
There were no excuses this time for the U.S. They got the stick around but were beaten cleanly by the Jamaicans, with VCB sprinting away from Carmelita Jeter on the anchor leg.
|4||CHN||PR OF CHINA||CHN||44.28||SB||0.186|
Men’s 4×400: LaShawn Merritt Holds Off Chris Brown on Anchor to Give the USA the Win Over The Bahamas
|6||GBR||GREAT BRITAIN & N.I.||GBR||3:01.50||SB||3||0.173|
|7||TTO||TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO||TTO||3:03.10||2||0.181|
This was the race all of the Bahamas wanted to go differently. Chris Brown (who split 44.17) was gaining on LaShawn Merritt (44.72) but in the end, Merritt’s lead was too big thanks to the strong early work of the other three Americans – David Verburg (44.91), Tony McQuay (44.00!!) and Jeremy Wariner (44.80). Wariner’s stock rose this weekend with a nice leg last night in the prelim (44.87) to get him into the final. Interestingly though, the young guys Verburg and McQuay had the fastest splits. Wariner and Merritt both sounded confident in their post-race talks.
LaShawn Merritt (vid coming)