Tuesday 12 November, 2019

DOHA 2019: Impressive Jamaica qualify for women's 4x400 relay final

Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica, right, and Justyna Swiety-Ersetic of Poland lead their heat of the women's 4x400m relay during the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner).

Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica, right, and Justyna Swiety-Ersetic of Poland lead their heat of the women's 4x400m relay during the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner).

Jamaica have qualified for the final of the women's 4x400m relay at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Competing in the first heat of the qualifying round on Saturday, the quartet of  Roneisha McGregor, Anastasia Le-Roy, Tiffany James and Stephenie Ann McPherson powered Jamaica to a commanding victory in a world-leading 3:23.64.

Poland finished second in 3:25.78, while Canada took third in 3:25.86 to secure the last automatic qualifying spot from the heat.

The USA with Jessica Beard, Allyson Felix, Kendall Ellis and Courtney Okolo won the second and final heat in 3:22.96 to shatter the world-leading time Jamaica had set earlier.

The USA have won five of the past six world titles. Jamaica, which took top honours in 2015 to halt a US win streak at four, arrive with strong medal ambitions of their own as they aim to improve on their runner-up position of two years ago.

 

 

 

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