Jamaica’s female sprinters lived up to the billing of favourites in the 4×100 relay at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar on Saturday despite missing double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson among their ranks.
Replacing Natasha Morrison on the anchor leg with 400-metre bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, the team of Natalliah Whyte, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Jonielle Smith clocked a world-leading 41.44 seconds to claim gold in Doha ahead of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (41.85).
The United States were third in the event in 42.10 seconds.
Jamaica had bettered Great Britain in the heats with the fast-closing Dina Asher-Smith on anchor failing to close a gap created by Fraser-Pryce down a storming backstretch.
On this occasion, the Brits moved Asher-Smith to the backstretch to ensure the disparity on the final leg was not so great if any at all.
Whyte got the Jamaicans off to a fair start but Fraser-Pryce, 100-metre World Champion, made her class show, creating distance on the 100-metre silver medallist down that backstretch.
To make matters worse, Smith would run a storming third leg and the much-improved sprinting prowess of Jackson made the race sure.
The baton changes were also more crisp than in the heats, the Jamaicans reminding the world that they still produced fine sprinters.
Source: Paul-Andre Walker