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ATHLETICS: JAAA set to name 40-member World Relays team

Published:Wednesday | May 14, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Jamaica’s team to next week’s inaugural staging of the IAAF World Relays is expected to be named after a meeting of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) executive board, scheduled for this evening at their Tremaine Road offices.

The board will be meeting to ratify the selections and discuss other elements of the IAAF World Relays assignment.

Thirty-nine of the 40 athletes expected to form the team have already been notified with the other athlete expected to be informed shortly, according to JAAA sources.

Several big name Jamaicans including Olympic and world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Olympic and World Championships medallist Warren Weir have openly expressed their interest in competing at the relay carnival, which takes place May 24 and 25 at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Jamaica will be looking to underline its men's 4x100m dominance and hoping to better their American rivals in the women's 4x100m and should also line up in the men's and women's 4x200m, where the Santa Monica Track Club’s 1:16.68 world record mark in the men’s 4x200m will be targeted.

Teams are also expected to be fielded in the 4x400m and JAAA general secretary suggested earlier that the country may send at least one team in the 4x800m.

The IAAF World Relays will also see the contesting of the 4x1500m relays.


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