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Ja's women dominate US rivals

Published:Sunday | April 26, 2015 | 4:00 AMRaymond Graham
Members of Jamaica’s women’s sprint relay team which beat the United States at the Penn Relays yesterday. From left: Natasha Morrison, Sherone Simpson, Schillonie Calvert and Kerron Stewart.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:

JAMAICA'S senior female athletes dominated their American rivals in yesterday's USA vs the World relay series at the Penn Relays.

The Jamaicans captured two of three events with wins in the 4x100 and 4x400 metres.

The sprint quartet of Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson, Schillonie Calvert and Natasha Morrison turned back their rivals in a close finish, clocking 43.70 seconds. as the USA took second in 43.79 and Nigeria, third in 44.22.

Veteran Stewart who led off the team was quite pleased with her effort and the team's success.

"I just came out here to do what I had to do and give my team a good start. I still think I have more work to do and I am looking forward to the remainder of the season," Stewart said.

Simpson who is making a return to the national team after two years was happy to be back in the national colours.

"The feeling is great and I am happy to be back and I am hoping I can remain healthy for the remainder of the season," said Simpson.

The quartet of Christine Day, Patricia Hall, Anastasia Leroy and Stephanie McPherson led all the way in the 4x400m clocking 3:26.58. The USA were second in 3:28.42 with third going to Australia in 3:32.31.

 

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Jamaica failed to make a clean sweep among the females as in a very close finish they were edged out by the United States in the 4x200m. Both teams were awarded the same time, 1:31.98. The members of the team were Shericka Williams, Simpson, Calvert and Natasha Morrison.

The men had two second and one third place finish as the United States swept all three relays.

The Americans won the 4x100m in 38.68. Jamaica, with Asafa Powell on the anchor leg, were second in 38.88. Nesta Carter started for Jamaica with Michael Frater and Jason Livermore running the second and third legs.

In the 4x200m, Jermaine Brown, Rasheed Dwyer, Jason Livermore and Oshane Bailey clocked 1:21.45 for second behind the USA's 1:20.04.

Jamaica had a third place finish in the 4x400m in 3:03.02 as the United States won in 3:00.86. The Bahamas were second in 3:01.63.