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Fraser-Pryce calls for relay camp - Jamaica bag record medal haul at C'wealth Games

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming
Members of Jamaica's women's 4x400m relay team, which won gold at the Commonwealth Games yesterday. From left: Christine Day, Anastasia Le-Roy, Janieve Russell and Stephenie McPherson on the podium at Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia.

Hours after watching Jamaica finish second to England in the women's 4x100 metres at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce recommended that the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association organise relay camps to better prepare sprint relay teams ahead of major championships.

England won the race in a national record 42.46 seconds while Jamaica, anchored by Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, clocked 42.52. The other members of the Jamaican team were Christania Williams, Natasha Morrison, and Gayon Evans

Fraser-Pryce, who was a staple on the anchor leg for Jamaica for many years before she took time off to give birth to her son, believes that England won the race because they have a seasoned team.

"England have been running the same team over and over again, while, for Jamaica, we change out teams all the time," Fraser-Pryce said. "Practising has always been one of our downfalls, so I am not worried too much about them beating us."

She continued: "I think we should probably focus on having a relay camp early in the year to kind of get the team gelling."

The men's sprint team also added to the medal tally but had to settle for third in their event. England won in 38.13, South Africa were second in 38.24, and Jamaica (Everton Clarke, Oshane Bailey, Warren Weir, and Yohan Blake) took bronze in 38.35.


4x400m gold


The stars for Jamaica yesterday were the women's 4x400m quartet, which added to the country's gold medal tally by dominating their rivals. The team of Christine Day, Anastasia Le-Roy, Janieve Russell, and Stephenie Ann McPherson won the event in 3:24.00. Nigeria were second in 3:25.29, while Botswana took third with a national record of 3:26.86.

The men's 4x400m ran well to capture bronze. Jermaine Gayle, Demish Gaye, Jamari Rose, and Jovan Francis registered a time of 3:01.78 to place behind Botswana (3:01.78) and Bahamas, 3:01.92.

In another track and field event, Clive Pullen could only manage 16.25m for seventh in the men's triple jump. Guyana's Troy Doris won with 16.88m.

Overall, Jamaica added four more medals yesterday to register its most successful tally at the Commonwealth Games.

Jamaica's Commonwealth Games medal record previously stood at 22 medals and was achieved at the 2006 and 2014 Games. The 2018 tally includes seven gold, nine silver, and 10 bronze medals ahead of action on today's final day of competition at the Games.

In other events yesterday, the Jamaican Rugby Sevens team suffered a heavy 32-5 loss to Australia in their Pool B action.