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Jamaica's black, green, gold reign supreme as World Championships end

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2013 | 1:07 PM

The black, green and gold of the Jamaican flag fluttered victoriously as the National Anthem of the tiny Caribbean island played three consecutive times in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia today, bringing the curtains down on the 2013 IAAF World Athletic Championships.

Finishing an overall third, behind the hosts Russia and the United States, Jamaica picked up two gold medals in the men’s and women’s 4x100-metre relay finals, bringing the country's gold medal haul to an outstanding six, the same number as the US.

The Jamaican quartet of Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade and Usain Bolt closed the show in a world leading 37.36 seconds to claim gold in the men’s 4x100 metre final, ahead of the United States in 37.66 seconds; while the women’s team of Carrie Russell, Kerron Stewart, Schillonie Calvert and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran a blistering 41.29 seconds to win the women’s 4x100 metres final in a new championship record.

Jamaica's third place finish on the medal table with six gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal is the second best showing at the World Championships.

The country won 13 medals - seven gold, four silver medals and two bronze to finish second on the medal table at the 2009 Berlin Championships in Germany.

Four of the individual gold medals were won by Usain Bolt and Shelly-Fraser-Pryce, who also both anchored the men’s and women’s 4x100 metre relay teams.

And the women’s 4x100-metre race gave Fraser-Pryce her third gold medal at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow, making her the first woman in the history of the games to win gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100 metres relay at a single championships.

In all, Fraser-Pryce has won five gold medals at the World Championships since 2009.


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