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Gibson Relays' Classic moments

Published:Thursday | February 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMDania Bogle
Javon Francis (left) and Michael O'Hara (second left), along with other members of the team, celebrate their success in the 4x100m relay at the Gibson Relays last year.
Racers Track Club’s Usain Bolt (right) is urged on by team-mate Xavier Brown as he anchors his team to victory at Gibson Relays at the National Stadium.
Shericka Jackson anchoring the Vere Technical team to victory

1. 2010: Men's Clubs and Institutions 4x400m - Two years after setting the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, China afire, with record-breaking sprints in the men's 100m, 200m, and 4x100m at the Olympic Games, Usain Bolt, returns to the track where it all began, leading Racers Lions in a losing effort in the Clubs and Institutions 4x400m. After receiving the baton in fourth, some 40 metres behind, the lanky sprinter demolishes the field in a 44.2-second split and just failed to pass the MVP/UTech athlete at the finish line. The run reminds Jamaicans of why this man is known as 'Lightning'.

2. 1992: Class Two boys' 4x200m - Davian Clarke anchors Kingston College to victory in the men's Class Two 4x200m. After receiving the baton in seventh position, Clarke, who later became one of the country's greatest quarter-milers, flew past the field which included Calabar's former Class Three 400m record holder, Ali Watson, to lead the 'Purples' to victory.

3. 2014: Boys' Class One 4x400m - Javon Francis shows Martin Manley of St Jago who is boss. In a fitting end to the 2014 relays and his Gibson Relays high-school career, local hero Javon Francis, aided by a brilliant third-leg run by Michael O'Hara, leads Calabar to a record 3:07.00 finish in the final event of the day. O'Hara, after receiving the baton more than 50m behind the St Jago third-leg man, closes the gap in startling style and hands over the baton to the 'Donkey Man', who duels to the finish with World Youth champion Manley, to close his schoolboy days in style.

4. 2014: Boys' Class One 4x100m - Francis and the 2013 World Youth Championships winner, O'Hara, had anchored Calabar to victory in record time in the Class One 4x100m relays in 39.61 seconds.

5. 1992: Boys' Class One 4x200m - Rudolph Mighty leads Jamaica College to a record-breaking 1:24.67 victory in the Class One 4x200m relay. This record still stands.

6. 2011: Vere Class One 4x100m - In a year when Jamaican high-school athletes were being tested by invited teams from the United States and Canada, local schoolgirl, Shericka Jackson, who had been unbeaten in any 200m race up to that point that year, receives the baton 20m behind her opponents and does what no one thought was possible - win.

7. 1994: St Elizabeth Technical, Open 4x800m relay - The team from Santa Cruz sets a record that stood for 20 years.

Winning the Boys' Open 4x800m in an impressive 7:34.96. The record would not be broken until 2014 when Calabar High School, on the back of inspired legs from Rojay Hamilton and Jorel Bellafonte, stopped the clock at 7:33.39.

8. 1993: Open 4x400m - Claudine Williams was speeding as Vere Technical won the penultimate event of the evening in 3:35.7.

9. 2014: Class Three Boys' 4x100m - 2014 was definitely Calabar's year. Impressive runs in the Class One 4x100m and Open 4x400m. These races were highlighted by Michael O'Hara and Javon Francis, but the Class Three 4x100m team was also very impressive. The boys from Red Hills Road, with a team that featured Djour Russell, Tyreke Wilson, Michael Stephens and Christopher Taylor, broke the three-year-old record of Jamaica College, clocking 41.83 seconds to win ahead of St Jago and Jamaica College. The winners lifted the Neville 'Teddy' McCook Trophy for what turned out to be the most outstanding achievement of the meet.