— Ato Boldon (@AtoBoldon) May 3, 2015
A fantastic night of relay racing in a great venue with a crowd that was totally into it! Can not wait until Sunday night!
World record in DMR, USA beats Jamaica in the 4×100 m
NASSAU (BAH, May 2): USA won three out of four finals during first day of 2nd IAAF World Relays in full Robinson Stadium in Nassau. In total one World record and World leads in other four events, also one meet record were registered.
Event by event short review
4×100 m: In heats world leads Jamaica first 38.07 and then USA in other race 37.87. Both top teams had identical line-ups twice and USA won in 37.38 meet record and World lead as the trio Rodgers, Gatlin, Gay gave anchor Bailey enough meters to beat Jamaica (Carter, Bailey-Cole, Ashmeade) with anchor Bolt who won little ground (0.2) but was not enough. Third Japan 38.20 over Brazil 38.63. Great Britain won B Final in 38.67 over Barbados 38.70 NR. For Olympics qualified two European teams France and Germany.
4×400 m: Trinidad as fastest 3:02.09 from three heats, all favorites advanced, to note that out was Poland and France. In the finals two European teams Belgium and Great Britain.
4×800 m: US (Solomon, Sowinski, Loxsom, Andrews) clear winners in 7:04.84 World lead and meet record. Kenya finished second but was disqualified, so silver for Poland 7:09.98 and bronze Australia 7:16.30.
4×200 m: Straight final was the biggest surprise of the day. Nigeria won in African record and World lead 1:30.52. Jamaica after problems with exchanges second 1:31.73 and third Germany 1:33.61. Bahamas finished on second position but was later disqualified and US did not exchange the baton between Tarmoh and Felix.
4×400 m: Two World leads, in first heat Jamaica 3:26.41 and in second USA 3:24.05. Both teams saved top runners for the finals (Williams-Mills, Richards-Ross, McCorory). France, Great Britain and Poland are three European teams qualified for the final.
DMR: Debut of this event at the relays ended with World record for strong US team 10:36.50 (Moser, Sanya RR 50.12 her leg, Wilson, Rowbury) over Kenya African record 10:43.35 and Poland European record 10:45.32.