Blake, Jamaicans steal show at World Relays

Sat May 24, 2014 10:49pm EDT
 
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NASSAU Bahamas (Reuters) - Yohan Blake and a speedy Jamaican 4x200 meters relay team did not need Usain Bolt to add to the island nation's collection of world records on Saturday.

Blake, the world's second fastest 200 meters runner behind Bolt, turned on the jets and anchored Jamaica to a world record one minute, 18.63 seconds at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.

The sizzling performance took 0.05 seconds off a 20-year-old record held by a Carl Lewis-anchored American team in 1994.

"We knew we could come here and get this medal and world record," said Blake, whose training partner Bolt holds both the 100 and 200m world records and Olympic titles but has not run this year.

"It feels very good enough I think that we could have gone faster," added 100m Olympic silver medalist Blake.

Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir and Jermaine Brown put Blake into position for the record. None had been on Jamaica's world record teams in the 4x100, making the victory more sweet.

St. Kitts and Nevis finished a surprising second in 1:20.51 while France took third in a European record 1:20.66 after the U.S. team were disqualified.

The world record also tumbled in the women's 4x1500 to help launch the innovative championships in the relay-loving Bahamas.

Kenya, with Hellen Obiri on anchor, obliterated the global mark in the infrequently run event, taking top honors in 16:33.58.   Continued...

 
Jamaica's 4x200 relay team poses next to the clock after they set a new world record while winning the 4x200 metres relay at the IAAF World Relays Championships in Nassau, Bahamas, May 24, 2014. At left is Nickel Ashmeade (top), Yohan Blake (bottom) and at right is Warren Weir (top) and Jermaine Brown (bottom). REUTERS/Mike Segar