André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Despite what is being described as a minor fuss between members of the squad over leg assignments, Jamaica's women's 4x400m relay team produced a solid four legs to secure the country's fourth medal in the event at the Olympic Games.
Christine Day, Rosemarie Whyte, Shericka Williams and Novlene Williams-Mills were third across the line in 3:20.95 as Jamaica secured its third straight women's 4x400m bronze medal at the Olympic Games after similar finishes in Beijing (2008) and Athens (2004). The country's other medal in the event - a silver, was earned at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Day, running in her first Olympic Games, was elated with her first medal at the games and was grateful for the win despite what she described as a rough day for the team.
"Wow, this is really one of the greatest moments ever, I have to give God thanks for being a part of this team, we had our ups and downs but we had to put that aside on the tracks and we have to give God thanks for the bronze medal," said Day.
"This is one of my worst days competing in terms of nerves or whatever," Day added. "Before I came out here, I was pretty angry, we had our ups and downs arguing so it wasn't really the best among us but I just put it aside when the race started."
Jamaica's technical manager Donald Quarrie explained that whatever issues came up were sorted out before the girls went on track, stating that the members of the team were simply presented with order options and that in the end a consensus was reached.
The gold medal was won by the US in 3:16.87, as they continue their dominance of the event with Russia taking the silver in 3:20.23.
"We are very grateful, we have a good team, we said we would go out there and compete to the best of our ability and that's what we did," Whyte offered. "We are very proud of the bronze medal."
Williams-Mills, whose right thigh was heavily wrapped, did well to extend the team's lead on anchor and push for the silver medal. It was not to be this time around for the Jamaicans, but the 400m finalist is happy to have played a part in the team's success.
"These three other ladies went out there and did their job, they played their part and I had to do my part as well, I am happy we got the bronze and I give God thanks for that,' said Williams-Mills, while being helped through the Mixed Zone by Williams.
"In spite of everything, in the bad and the good, we have to give God thanks because he has brought us through many things," she added.
"This is my second Olympics and second bronze medal," Williams noted.
"It's a wonderful feeling and we have to give thanks. We have four girls who went out there and put out their best effort, no one expected us to get a medal but we knew deep down that we could pull it off and we did it."