Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Jamaica’s medal hopes in the women’s 4x100 metres went up in flames at the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships, as the team failed to progress to the final.
A mix-up between second leg runner Shawnette Lewin and third leg runner Christania Williams resulted in the athletes failing to execute their baton exchange in heat number two.
Head coach Michael Dyke had expressed optimism regarding the team’s medal chance prior to leaving for Barcelona, Spain.
“The relay teams should do very well. When you look at the 4X100m male, 4X100m female and the 4X400m female; I think those three relays should be able to pull off medals,” Dyke had said.
Another Caribbean island, The Bahamas, also suffered misfortune as their third leg runner pulled her left hamstring hence failing to get the baton around to 100m champion Anthonique Strachan, who was waiting on the anchor leg.