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GOLDEN GIRLS: Ja women win 4x200m at IAAF World Relays

Published:Saturday | April 22, 2017 | 10:43 PMRobert Bailey

Jamaica's quartet, led by Rio Olympics double sprint champion Elaine Thompson,  produced a brilliant performance to capture the gold medal in the women's 4x200 metres at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas tonight. . 

The Jamaicans won the event in a championship record 1:29.04 erasing the previous mark of  1:29.45, which was set by the United States in 2014.

The team was led off by Jura Levy, then to Rio de Janeiro Olympics 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, who ran a spectacular leg to hand over to Sashalee Forbes. The latter then handed safely to Olympic sprint champion Thompson, who sped away from the field to win the event by more than 10 metres.

Thompson said they were all very happy after their golden run.

"We came out in the final and passed the baton safely around ... we were not aiming for a championships record but fortunately we got it ...," said Thompson who is competing at the championships for the first time.  

Forbes who is also competing at the championships for the first time was overjoyed.

"This is my first gold medal at the World Relays and so I am very grateful for it," said Forbes. 

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s men and women 4x400m teams advanced to Sunday's final of the meet.

Javere Bell, Javon Francis Peter Matthews and Demish Gaye, clocked 3:03.52 for second in heat three of the men's 4x400m. The race was won by Botswana in 3:03.09.

The women also had to settle for second in their heat in 3:29.93.
Jamaicans, who won silver in 2015, were led off by Christine Day, followed by Janieve Russell, Dawnalee Loney and captain Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby.

The event was won by Poland in 3:29.42. 

Defending champions the United States have the fastest time,  3:29.27, going into the final.  
   Action on the second day begins at 6:35 p.m. (Ja time) with the heats of the men's 4x200 metres.