Jamaica ends level in USA vs World
JAMAICA shared the spotlight with their United States counterparts at Saturday's USA vs the World Relays segment of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, winning three relays.Victories for Jamaica came in the Women's 4x100m and the Men's and Women's 4x400m relays.
It was the quartet of Christania Williams, Kerron Stewart, Gayon Evans and Elaine Thompson who drew first blood. Despite the United States' Morolake Akinosun having a slight lead on anchor, she could not hold on as Olympic champion Elaine Thompson brought loud cheers from the Jamaican fans by overtaking her opponent very early to give Jamaica a win in 42.25 seconds as USA finished second in 42.42 seconds with USA Blue taking third on 42.90 secomds.
Thompson was happy for her team winning the event. "Going to the World Relays in the Bahamas last weekend was a good motivation for me as that gave me a big boost for the season and knowing that I came here to anchor for Jamaica I was ready to do well," said Thompson, who stated that she is looking forward to the Doha leg of the IAAF Diamond League meet next weekend.
The United States drew level in the next race as their men's Red team won the 4x100m in 38.87 seconds with Jamaica finishing second in 39.01 seconds with the Dominican Republic getting third in 40.32 seconds. Members of the Jamaica team were Kevaun Rattray, Oshane Bailey, Kavean Smith and Jevaughn Minzie.
USA took a 2-1 lead in the next event, the Women's Sprint Medley, as their Red team won in 1:35.59, as Jamaica was second in 1:36.67, and the USA Blue third in 1:37.22. Members of the Jamaica team were Audra Segree, Natasha Morrison, Anastasia Leroy and Verone Chambers.
The United States Red team extended their lead to 3-1 after winning the men's Sprint Medley in 3:11.45. The United States Blue were second in 3:13.12 and Nigeria third in 3:16.27.
However, Jamaica captured the next two events, the Women's and Men's 4x400m relays to draw even.
A gallant anchor leg from Olympian Fitzroy Dunkley which saw him making up a 10m gap to overtake the United States' Calvin Smith, inches from the finishing line, gave Jamaican their first win in this event since 2005, in 3:03.14. The United States was second in 3:03.25 with third going to the Bahamas in 3:06.20. Other members of the winning team were Martin Manley, Leford Green and Jermaine Gayle.
Jamaica closed off with a good win in the Women's event as the team included Olympians Shericka Jackson, Janieve Russell and Stephenie Ann McPherson and rookie Dawnalee Loney, as they won in 3:28.32 ahead of the United States second in 3:29.30, as both Bahamas and Nigeria failed to finish.