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IAAF World Relays | Jamaicans made to work for 4x400m qualification

Published:Saturday | May 11, 2019 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican male and female mile relay teams both booked their spots in their respective finals at the 2019 IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan in contrasting fashion inside the Yokohama International Stadium on Saturday.

Jamaica's women's 4x400m relay team had to settle for third in their heat, posting 3:28.80 and a non-automatic spot in the final, set for Sunday morning at 5:21 a.m.. 

The Jamaican team of Christine Day, Shiann Salmon, Tiffany James and Chrisann Gordon, finished behind Ukraine, 3:27.71 and Canada, 3:28.75. 

In the men's 4x400m relay heats, the Jamaicans, who faced a tough heat with the United States, Czech Republic and Great Britain all listed alongside them, took second place behind perennial favourites the United States to comfortably secure a spot in the points round.

The team of Demish Gaye, Akeem Bloomfield, Javon Francis and Nathon Allen, clocked 3:02.67 to the Americans' 3:02.06, to secure an automatic spot for tomorrow's final, which faces the starter at 5:05 a.m.