Jonielle Smith said she is proud of the silver medal her team won at the 2019 IAAF World Relays that concluded in Yokohama, Japan on Sunday.

Jamaica finished second behind the United States managing to emerge from the championships with two silver medals and a bronze.

Smith and her teammates – Sashalee Forbes, Natasha Morrison and Gayon Evans, were the one who came to closest to winning a gold medal, thanks to her blazing anchor leg that came up just short of edging out the USA who won the gold medal in the 4x100m relay.

0.02 seconds separated the USA (43.27) from Jamaica (43.29) after Smith dragged her side from fourth to second but she takes the blame for the loss.

“It’s funny because I actually messed up the exchange by moving too early which caused us to have a slower exchange than the other teams setting us back in fourth place,” she said, explaining that because of that mistake she had only one thought in her mind.

“We knew the other teams were good but with the slight mess up I wasn’t thinking of any athlete or team, in particular, I was just thinking “get to the line, get to the line”.”

Notwithstanding the disappointment of the loss, the 2018 CAC 100m champion said she was proud of her team’s performance.

“Extremely (proud)! We were ready from the warmups and knew we were going to perform well. And, everyone did their part on their respective legs which gave us the silver medal. Honestly, during the race, I was excited because from the start, Gayon placed us in a really good position and then I knew we were going to cause damage.”

She said if she had a chance to do it over there is only one thing she would change.

“Stay more patient and get a better baton exchange,” she said with a laugh.

Source: Leighton Levy

www.sports24ghana.com

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