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Jamaica to take women's 4x100m gold

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 8:00 AM

KC: All relays should be very competitive as there are three where it looks like it will be a Jamaica vs USA rivalry.

AndrÈ: Yes, the sprint relays and the women's 4x400m should be a straight war between the Jamaicans and the Americans. The thing is the US are far more prepared than Jamaica since they have been practising for a while and have already competed together so that's an interesting point to consider.

KC: It is so strange that we are a such a small nation compared to the United States and we can never get our people to come together to practise or to compete as a relay group before any major Championship and this has hurt us big time in the past and it could happen once again this weekend

AndrÈ: We always seem to figure it out and rely on instincts more than anything else and we won't see the value of true preparation until it hurts us.

KC: But we are not learning as it has always hurt us and I do not see this changing soon because of the club situation where I think this takes precedent over national representation.

AndrÈ: I agree, but we can only hope we have no major hiccups here. If we don't, then we should be in for some exciting relay clashes. I'm interested to hear what the line up will be for the men 4x100m. Do we put Bolt on the backstretch or do we ask Asafa to run his first backstretch and receive and change the stick for the first time? Also, do we start the women's 4x100 with the inexperienced Natasha Morrison and Elaine Thompson on the opening two legs?

KC: Coming into the championships the United States looked very good but after the 100 and 200 metres things looked to be swinging into our favour especially on the female side. Morrison after a sub 11 seconds looks perfect for us on the lead off leg.

AndrÈ: Like you, I've grown in confidence where the women's 4x100m team is concerned. As long as nothing silly is done and the right people are used at the right time, I think we will win this. Morrison to Thompson to VCB to SFP may be our best line up now. Keep it simple, get the stick around and the gold medal is ours.

KC: Perfect but who will be rested in the preliminary round. With so much at stake I don't think the coaching staff should take any chances here as the same quartet for the final should start here with Morrison to Thompson to VCB to Shelly. I wouldn't risk Stewart or Simpson on this team .

AndrÈ: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is fresh after doing only the 100m and should be fine for the heats ... I would rest VCB and bring in Sherone for the heats to run the third leg.

KC: Not a bad idea but still a risk. I think we have a glorious chance of breaking the world record of 40.82 seconds set by the USA at the London Olympics. My only concern is that they have not done much baton changes as the camp was a waste of time. On the other hand the USA competed in Monaco where they ran two teams with the A team winning in 41.96 seconds which is a world leading time. However, I think we have a line-up which can run over one full second faster.

AndrÈ: I'm going with a win for Jamaica, US. A will finish next best with Trinidad and Tobago getting the bronze.

KC: The race will be won on the second leg where Allyson Felix and Elaine Thompson should have a battle royal but our two final kegs should have things their way with Shelly-Ann sprinting away to victory as the USA will be second with Trinidad, Great Britain, and Ukraine fighting for the bronze medal.