After completing a memorable women’s 100m sweep, Jamaica recruited female sensational sprinter – Briana Williams to their deadly sprint trio [Shericka Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Elaine Thompson-Herah] to form an unstoppable quartet team to win gold in the women’s 4x100m final at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Friday.
Briana Williams, the leadoff leg for Team Jamaica began the race with the right bang step straight from the blocks before releasing the baton to Elaine Thompson-Herah to power the Green, Yellow, and Black to the lead.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran the curve with ease to keep Jamaica in the lead. Shericka Jackson whose individual effort ensured qualification for Team Jamaica did not looked back after taken the baton from Thompson-Herah on the final stretch crossing the line in 41.02 seconds.
The US despite competing with Sha’Carri Richardson was a delight to watch still as Gabrielle Thomas led [Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels, Jenna Prandini] them to a second place finish in 41.45 seconds.
Completing the medal zone was Great Britain [Asher-Philip, Daryll Neita, Imani Linsiquot, and Dina Asher-Smith] crossing the finished line in 41.88 seconds.
Jamaica’s 41.02 is a new national record and the second-fastest time in history.
Team USA would have completed a hat-trick in three successive Olympic Games if they had finished first.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson