Thursday 12 December, 2019

LONDON 2017: Jamaica finish second to qualify for women's 4x100 final

Elaine Thompson.

Elaine Thompson.

Two-time defending champion Jamaica, without their star sprinter Elaine Thompson, are through to the final of the women's 4x100-metre relay at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

Running out of lane two in the second heat on Saturday, the Jamaican quartet of Christania Williams, Natasha Morrison, Jura Levy, Sashalee Forbes finished second to Germany to book an automatic qualifying spot in the final, which takes place later.

Germany clocked 42.34 seconds for the victory, well ahead of Jamaica, who crossed the line in 42.50.

The Germans, fourth at last year’s Olympics, got off to a strong start through Tatjana Pinto, but it was after Lisa Mayer passed on to Gina Luckenkemper that they took a lead that they didn’t give up.

The 20-year-old, who set a personal best 10.95 in the individual 100m, gave Rebekka Haase a narrow lead over Jamaica’s Sashalee Forbes, who took the baton awkwardly from Jura Levy. Haase looked strong in guiding her team home.

Just behind were Brazil in 42.77, while a Trinidad and Tobago team of Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Semoy Hacket and Khalifa St Fort might have expected to finish with a quicker time than 42.91 and a higher placing than fourth, although they still progressed.

As expected, the United States also qualified. It means that Allyson Felix stayed in line to become the athlete with the most medals in world championships history.

Running the second leg, Allyson Felix and her  teammates crossed first in a season's leading time of 41.84 seconds, beating Britain and Switzerland..

The Netherlands, with 200-metre champion Dafne Schippers running the second leg, qualified on time.

Felix has won 14 medals at the world championships and can move up to 16 if she runs the 4x400 relay and the United States win medals in both events.

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