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#RioGoldRush: Jamaican teams sprint into relay finals, USA women out

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 10:18 AM
The victorious womens 4X100m relay team after the round one - Ricardo Malyn photo

Jamaica’s two sprint relay teams are through to the final of the event at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The female team of Simone Facey, Sashalee Forbes, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce easily won their opening round heat in a time of 41.79 seconds.

The chances of winning of the race was made easier after the United States quartet dropped the baton before finishing in eighth place.

They have, however, lodged an appeal claiming that Allyson Felix on the second changeover was bounced by a Brazilian athlete.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's male team of Jevaughn Minzie, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade and Kemar Bailey-Cole advanced to the final after finishing second in their opening round race.

It sets up another showdown with the American men who have also qualified for the men’s 4x100m final scheduled for tomorrow.

- Livern Barrett