BLAKE ANCHORS JAMAICA TO WR, AS EXPECTED KENYA WR WOMEN 4X1500 M
NASSAU (BAH, May 24): First day of inaugural IAAF World Relays offered for the packed Thomas Robinson Stadium in excellent atmosphere two world records (men 4×200 m, women 4×1500 m) and world leads 2014 in two events (men 4×800 m, women 4×100 m). IAAF would need to pay twice 50 000 USD World record bonus to the Kenyan women and Jamaican men apart of the winning 50 000 USD.
Short event by event
4×200 m: Jamaica with Ashmeade, Weir, J. Brown and Blake (19.0 flying split) improved Santa Monica TC (USA) 20 years old World record by 0.05. USA was disqualified (second exchange, from Moscow 2013 200m bronze medallist Curtis Mitchell to Ameer Webb was completed outside the zone, they still finished initially third) so the other medals went to St. Kitts and Nevis 1:20.51 NR and France (with Lemaitre as the starter) European record 1:20.66.
4×400 m: Home Bahamas were fastest in heats with 3:00.30 in Olympic 2012 gold composition (Pinder 45.5, Miller 44.5, Brown 44.8, Mathieu 45.5), Britain won the first heat 3:00.74 European lead 2014. US won the other heat 3:01.09 without Merritt and McQuay. No other European team qualified, Belgium with three Borlee brothers was first non-qualifier 3:02.79 by 0.01.
4×800 m: Kenya won due to the best average in 7:08.40 (F. Rotich 1:46.0, S. Kibet 1:45.7, Kinyor 1:47.9, A. Kipketer 1:48.8) but it came surprisingly close at the finish with Kszczot beating Solomon and Poland second 7:08.69 NR over USA 7:09.06.
4×100 m: Great World lead for USA (fast even without some top names) winning in 41.88 (Bartoletta, Anderson, Tarmoh, Lawson) over Jamaica 42.28 (Russell, Stewart, Calvert, Henry-Robinson) without Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who is in Nassau. Great battle for bronze as Trinidad beat Nigeria by 0.01 42.66 to 42.67. Fifth Great Britain in European lead 2014 42.75. USA and Jamaica clocked world leads already in heats with identical 42.29. Trinidad was faster in heats 42.59.
4×400 m: USA World leading 3:23.84 (still saving Atkins and Hastings for the final) with Jamaica second fastest 3:24.95 (saving Novlene Williams-Mills). Nigeria won the other heat 3:27.07. Russia did not compete due to muscle spasms of Ayvika Malanova.
4×1500 m: Expected great World record for Kenya 16:33.58 (Mercy Cherono 4:07.50, Faith Kipyegon 4:08.50, Irene Jelagat 4:10.50 and Hellen Obiri 4:07.08). Also under former WR second USA 16:55.33 (Kampf 4:09.20, Mackey 4:19.40, Grace 4:26.90 fell, Martinez unbelievable 3:59.83) and bronze for Australia 17:08.65 NR. Former Kenyan top mark was 17:05.72 from this spring.