Sunday Sprint Video and Recap: US Wins Golden Baton With 7 of 10 Wins, But Gets Beat in Women’s 4×100

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By LetsRun.com
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.

Click here for full results (with splits)

The U.S. took home the Golden Baton for the second year in a row

The U.S. took home the Golden Baton for the second year in a row

Women’s 4×400: USA Cruises to Win Over Jamaica

1USAUNITED STATESUSAUSA3:19.39CR8
2JAMJAMAICAJAMJAM3:22.49SB7
3GBRGREAT BRITAIN & N.I.GBRGBR3:26.38SB6
4FRAFRANCEFRAFRA3:26.68SB5
5POLPOLANDPOLPOL3:29.30SB4
6CANCANADACANCAN3:29.65SB3
7AUSAUSTRALIAAUSAUS3:30.03SB2
8BRABRAZILBRABRA3:31.301

The U.S. team of Phyllis Francis, Natasha Hastings, Sanya Richards-Ross and Francena McCorory was just too good for Jamaica.

B final

1CUBCUBACUBCUB3:30.94SB
2JPNJAPANJPNJPN3:34.65
3BAHBAHAMASBAHBAH3:35.01
4TTOTRINIDAD AND TOBAGOTTOTTO3:35.23SB
5BOTBOTSWANABOTBOT3:35.76SB
6NAMNAMIBIANAMNAM3:40.21NR
VENVENEZUELAVENVENDNS
NGRNIGERIANGRNGRDNS

Men’s 4×200: In a Race Full of Poor Exchanges, Usain Bolt-less Jamaica Screws Up Least

1JAMJAMAICAJAMJAM1:20.978
2FRAFRANCEFRAFRA1:21.497
3GERGERMANYGERGER1:22.656
4POLPOLANDPOLPOL1:22.855
5BAHBAHAMASBAHBAH1:22.914
6SKNSAINT KITTS AND NEVISSKNSKN1:22.923
7SUISWITZERLANDSUISUI1:24.37NR2
USAUNITED STATESUSAUSADQ 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

1JAMJAMAICAJAMJAM42.14WL80.154
2USAUNITED STATESUSAUSA42.32SB70.173
3GBRGREAT BRITAIN & N.I.GBRGBR42.84SB60.132
4CANCANADACANCAN42.85SB50.155
5TTOTRINIDAD AND TOBAGOTTOTTO42.8840.162
6BRABRAZILBRABRA42.92SB30.141
7NGRNIGERIANGRNGR42.99SB20.154
8SUISWITZERLANDSUISUI43.7410.152

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.

Video:

B final

1ECUECUADORECUECU44.14SB0.202
2BAHBAHAMASBAHBAH44.140.124
3VENVENEZUELAVENVEN44.17SB0.254
4CHNPR OF CHINACHNCHN44.28SB0.186
5PURPUERTO RICOPURPUR44.560.149
6KAZKAZAKHSTANKAZKAZ44.890.288
7SWESWEDENSWESWE44.970.189
8AUSAUSTRALIAAUSAUS45.700.146

Men’s 4×400: LaShawn Merritt Holds Off Chris Brown on Anchor to Give the USA the Win Over The Bahamas

1USAUNITED STATESUSAUSA2:58.43WL80.168
2BAHBAHAMASBAHBAH2:58.91SB70.166
3BELBELGIUMBELBEL2:59.33NR60.162
4JAMJAMAICAJAMJAM3:00.23SB50.223
5BRABRAZILBRABRA3:00.96SB40.195
6GBRGREAT BRITAIN & N.I.GBRGBR3:01.50SB30.173
7TTOTRINIDAD AND TOBAGOTTOTTO3:03.1020.181
8BOTBOTSWANABOTBOT3:03.7310.179

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.

*Other splits here

Race:

Jeremy Wariner

David Verburg

LaShawn Merritt (vid coming)

B final

1POLPOLANDPOLPOL3:03.230.159
2CUBCUBACUBCUB3:03.730.167
3GERGERMANYGERGER3:04.90SB0.205
4AUSAUSTRALIAAUSAUS3:05.13SB0.189
KENKENYAKENKENDQ R170.18
FRAFRANCEFRAFRADQ R162.7
KSASAUDI ARABIAKSAKSADNS
VENVENEZUELAVENVENDNS

 


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