Jamaica’s men’s 4x100m relay team has fired an early warning to the rest of the world ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan having coasted the second fastest time in the world this year at GC Foster on Saturday, May 8.
Team Jamaica will for the first time is sixteen years enter into an Olympic 4x100m relays without the greatest sprinter of all-time [Usain Bolt] but, the quartet of Asafa Powell, Oshane Bailey, Yohan Blake and Julian Forte coasted 38.33 seconds to prove that they’ve still got what it takes to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal.
Only China [38.29 sec], on March 20 can boast of a better time this year than Jamaica.
What is instructive here is that Jamaica’s Green team of Ackeem Blake, Romario Williams, Nigel Ellis and Kadrian Goldson came second in the event, running 39.55 seconds.
Having run 38.33 seconds, Jamaica have secured qualification Olympic Games after withdrawing from last weekend’s World Athletics Relays in Silesia, Poland where the top eight teams automatically qualified for the summer Games.
Meanwhile, former world champion – Yohan Blake followed up his 9.98 and 10.02 runs a week ago to coast 10.05 wind-legal run to win the 100m time trial ahead of Oshane Bailey [10.13] and Williams [10.16 sec].