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ATHLETICS: Jamaica’s team set to leave today for World Relays

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 9:03 AM

Twenty-two athletes plus officials are expected to leave this afternoon for Nassau, The Bahamas, for the second instalment of the IAAF World Relays.

Despite a few last-minute withdrawals, the team's management is feeling pretty good heading into the championships.

The University of Technology/MVP Track Club block of sprinters Kemarley Brown, the second fastest Jamaican last year, the fast rising Julian Forte, world leader in the 100m Elaine Thompson, Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner Janieve Russell,  Shericka Jackson, Andrew Fisher, Christania Williams, André Thomas and Jeromia Riley, have all pulled out of the squad.

Thomas and Riley’s withdrawal resulted in the complete scratching of the men’s 4x800m team, resulting in Jo-wayne Hibbert and Ricardo Cunningham’s names also being taken off the list, significantly reducing what was originally a 44-member outfit.

Titans Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Novlene Williams-Mills and Warren Weir are among the established names expected to make the trip to The Bahamas.

Jamaica ended last year’s IAAF World Relays in second place with 41 points, 19 less than champions the United States.