Trinidad and Tobago continued their reign as kings of the quarter-mile after a narrow win in the men’s 4x400m final at the IAAF World Relays, in Yokohama, on Sunday.
A powerful final leg from Machel Cedenio, not only held off a late surge from perennial rivals Jamaica, who were anchored by Nathon Allen but also overhauled tiring USA anchor leg runner Paul Dedewo. T&T claimed the event in a world-leading 3:00.81. Initially Allen seemed to have stumbled across the line for second, but the USA were later disqualified. The decision saw the Jamaicans claim the silver medal in 3:01:57 with Belgium third in 3:02.70.
Demish Gaye began the relay for the Jamaicans before handing off to Akeem Bloomfield, with the third leg run by Rusheen McDonald. Cedenio received the baton from Asa Guevara, with Deon Lendore handing off to Jereem Richards prior to that.
In the women’s equivalent, the Jamaicans faded away badly on the stretch to finish in 5th place. The event was surprisingly won by Poland (3:27:49) who held off a late surge down the stretch from the United States who finished second in 3:27.65. Italy finished in third place in 3:27.74.