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Women’s race

The Jamaican women were favoured. In fact, they were fully expected to win the 4 x 100-metre relays Saturday night in Eugene at the World Athletics Championships. But it was not to be as they ended up second to the U.S.A.

The Jamaicans are known for their great handling of the baton, while the Americans are not. And that was the difference. For once the Americans didn’t botch the handoffs and narrowly came away with the gold medal. If the race was a few metres longer, the Jamaicans would have won.

The US clocked a world-leading 41.14 finish with Twanisha “TeeTee” Terry the anchor holding off a fast approaching Shericka Jackson by .04 of a second.

Melissa Jefferson, Abby Steiner, and Jenna Prandini rounded out the team for the US.

Finishing in third was Germany. No one expected Germany to medal, including the German athletes who were quite shocked by their own performance, a season’s best on the right day.

Results

U.S.A — 41.14 WL

Melissa JEFFERSON 11.35

Abby STEINER 9.86

Jenna PRANDINI 10.05

Twanisha TERRY 9.88

Jamaica
— 41.18 SB

Kemba NELSON 11.45,

Elaine THOMPSON-HERAH 10.10

Shelly-Ann FRASER-PRYCE 9.97

Shericka JACKSON 9.66

Germany
— 42.03 SB

Tatjana PINTO 11.57

Alexandra BURGHARDT 10.27

Gina LÜCKENKEMPER 10.01

Rebekka HAASE 10.18

Men’s race

A near picture-perfect opening leg was not enough for the American men to win. Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles, put the U.S. in danger, but the second handoff between Lyles and Elijah Hall-Thompson was clean and that kept the Americans in the fight for the win. Hall-Thompson and Marvin Bracy-Williams had trouble with the final baton pass, giving Canada’s Andre de Grasse an opening. Canada won in a world-leading 37.48, with the U.S. taking silver in 37.55, a season-best. Great Britain finished in the bronze medal position in 37.83.

Surprisingly, Jamaica finished out of the medals.

Results

Canada — 37.48 WL

Aaron BROWN 10.45

Jerome BLAKE 8.86

Brendon RODNEY 9.38

Andre DE GRASSE 8.79

United States — 37.55 SB

Christian COLEMAN 10.35

Noah LYLES 8.94

Elijah HALL 9.31

Marvin BRACY 8.95

Great Britain & NI — 37.83 SB

Jona EFOLOKO 10.45

Zharnel HUGHES 8.96

Nethaneel MITCHELL-BLAKE 9.46

Reece PRESCOD 8.96

Medal Table

RANK COUNTRY TOTAL
1 United States 10 8 10 28
2 Ethiopia 4 4 2 10
3 Kenya 2 4 2 8
4 Jamaica 2 4 1 7
5 Pr Of China 2 1 3 6
6 Australia 2 0 1 3
7 Peru 2 0 0 2
8 Poland 1 3 0 4
9 Canada 1 1 1 3
9 Japan 1 1 1 3
11 Dominican Republic 1 1 0 2
11 Grenada 1 1 0 2
13 Great Britain & N.I. 1 0 4 5
14 Belgium 1 0 1 2
14 Uganda 1 0 1 2
16 Bahamas 1 0 0 1
16 Brazil 1 0 0 1
16 Kazakhstan 1 0 0 1
16 Morocco 1 0 0 1
16 Portugal 1 0 0 1
16 Qatar 1 0 0 1
16 Slovenia 1 0 0 1
16 Venezuela 1 0 0 1
24 Netherlands 0 3 1 4
25 Lithuania 0 1 1 2
25 Norway 0 1 1 2
25 Ukraine 0 1 1 2
28 Algeria 0 1 0 1
28 Burkina Faso 0 1 0 1
28 Croatia 0 1 0 1
28 Greece 0 1 0 1
28 India 0 1 0 1
28 Korea 0 1 0 1
34 Spain 0 0 2 2
35 Barbados 0 0 1 1
35 Czech Republic 0 0 1 1
35 Germany 0 0 1 1
35 Israel 0 0 1 1
35 Italy 0 0 1 1
35 Switzerland 0 0 1 1
35 Sweden 0 0 1 1

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