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IAAF World Relays | Poor exchanges cost Jamaica in women's 4x200m final

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 6:41 AM
Ricardo Makyn/Chief Photo Editor Shericka Jackson (right) and Stephenie-Ann McPherson look on after Jamaica's third place finish in the women's 4x200m relay final at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan.

There was disaster for Jamaica in the women's 4x200m relay final at the IAAF World Relays, as the pre-meet favourites struggled to get the baton around and in the end finished in third place inside the Yokohama International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan.

The powerful quartet of Elaine Thompson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson were expected to easily defend their title and challenge their Championship record of 1:29.04, which was set at the 2017 IAAF World Relays, but they looked amateurish in Japan, bottling two of their three exchanges before crossing the line in an extremely disappointing fourth place, with a time of 1:33.21. 

A disqualification by the USA team promoted the Jamaicans to third place, but it was still a far cry from what they expected on arrival in Japan. 

The event was won by France in 1:32.16 with China taking second place in 1:32.76.