Jamaica holds 2 of 8 World Relay records, US has 3
NASSAU, Bahamas — Members of Jamaica’s team arrived in Nassau, Bahamas for the 2017 IAAF World Relays in Nassau on April 22-23.
Jamaica currently holds two of the eight world relay records in the men’s 4x100m and 4x200m while rival United States has three in the men’s 4x400m and the women’s 4x100m and 4x200m.
The US men’s team will be seeking to repeat their rare sprint relay triumph over Jamaica with the absence of sprint legend Usain Bolt and former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, who pulled out due to injury.
However, world 100m champion Yohan Blake headlines a strong-looking Jamaican team, which could emerge victors over the Justin Gatlin-led US team.
Their female teammate Elaine Thompson, double Olympic sprint champion in Rio, will be joined in the women's 4x100m squad by Gayon Evans, Simone Facey, Sashalee Forbes, Natasha Morrison and Christania Williams.
Thompson, 24, ran a blistering curve at the 2015 world championships in Beijing as the Jamaicans won their second consecutive gold medal before helping the team to silver in Rio and in the absence of pregnant seven-time world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100m champion, much will be expected of her.
Current ratified world records for disciplines to be raced at this year’s two-day championship:
4x100m: Jamaica 36.84sec, 11/08/2012, London
4x200m: Jamaica 1:18.63, 24/05/2014, Nassau
4x400m: United States 2:54.29, 22/08/1993, Stuttgart
4x800m: Kenya 7:02.43, 25/08/2006, Brussels
4x100m: United States 40.82, 10/08/2012, London
4x200m: United States 1:27.46, 29/04/2000, Philadelphia
4x400m: USSR 3:15.17, 01/10/1988, Seoul
4x800m: USSR 7:50.17, 5/08/1984, Moscow
-- Additional reporting AFP