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Quarrie bemoans lack of relay depth

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:31 AM

Jamaica’s technical leader, Donald Quarrie, believes that the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) will have to consider increasing relay pools at future championships after only being able to call on four athletes for the men’s 4x100m relays, which get started today at the World Championships in Doha.

Only 100m finalist Yohan Blake, Rasheed Dwyer, Tyquendo Tracey, and Oshane Bailey are available for Jamaica’s male sprint relay team after injuries to other pool members Omar McLeod, who reportedly suffered a hamstring injury in the 110m hurdles, Julian Forte, and André Ewers.

It means that there is literally no room for adjustment, and Quarrie believes that consideration must be given to ensuring that there are more options for the technical team at championships.


“As far as the relays are concerned, in the 4x100m men, we are down to four, but it’s a good four, and we are hoping that having them run the heats, they will get the stick around really well so that by the final, it will be excellent passes, which will make a big difference in that relay because it will be a competitive one,” said Quarrie.

“It’s something that we will have to look into for next year because these things do happen. Sometimes it works in your favour and sometimes it doesn’t. If we are able to take one or two more sprinters, or even in the 4x400m, but we don’t want to be so limited because the sprint is a delicate event and we want to ensure that we have good representation even if we are not going with all our top athletes,” said Quarrie.

The men’s 4x100m heats will take place today at 1:05 p.m. Jamaica time.

The women’s 4x100m heats will also take place today, facing the starter at 12:40 p.m., and will see Natalliah Whyte, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jonielle Smith, and Natasha Morrison running the heats with the unfamiliar face of 400m bronze medal winner Shericka Jackson expected to be brought in for the final should the team progress.

Jamaica’s men’s 4x100m relay team failed to medal at the 2017 World Championships after Usain Bolt suffered an injury on the anchor leg while the female team ran to a bronze medal.

Today’s full schedule:

12:05 p.m. Men’s 1500m Semi-final

12:15 p.m. Men’s High Jump Final

12:40 p.m. Women’s 4x100m Relay Heats

1:00 p.m. Women’s Discus Throw Final

1:05 p.m. Men’s 4x100m Relay Heats

1:30 p.m. Women’s 400m Hurdles Final

1:45 p.m. Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Final

2:20 p.m. Men’s 400m Final

3:30 p.m. Men’s 20km Race Walk Final