Blake back in form, leads Jamaica to 4x100 relay title

Sun May 25, 2014 11:50pm EDT
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NASSAU Bahamas (Reuters) - Olympic silver medalist Yohan Blake made it a perfect trip to the inaugural IAAF World Relays as he anchored Jamaica to a triumphant run in the 4x100 meters relay on Sunday.

A night after leading a Jamaican team to a world record in the 4x200 relay, Blake brought his countrymen home in 37.77 seconds to top Trinidad and Tobago in the final race of the two-day program.

"After our world and Olympic gold (in the 4x100), we wanted to confirm our number one position today," said Blake, who missed the world championships and much of last season with a hamstring injury.

"It feels great getting into championship mode ... I am back on track."

The Jamaicans were missing world record holder Usain Bolt, who has yet to run this year, and key relay member Michael Frater, but veterans Nesta Carter and Nickel Ashmeade and young Julian Forte had Blake in position for another winning romp.

"We have to work on some of the exchanges, but overall it went well," said Carter, who helped Jamaica win the world title last year.

Trinidad and Tobago were a well-beaten second in 38.04 with Britain third in 38.19.

Kenya's men delivered the day's only world record, shattering the global mark in the infrequently run 4x1500 relay.

With double world champion Asbel Kiprop on anchor, the men clocked 14:22.22 to erase a previous Kenyan team's 2009 record of 14:36.23.   Continued...

Jamaica's Yohan Blake (C) crosses the finish line ahead of Britain's Dwain Chambers (R) and Canada's Justyn Warner (L) to win the men's 4x100 metres relay during the IAAF World Relays Championships in Nassau, Bahamas, May 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar