Jamaica Wins Gold in the Women’s 4X400 M Relay. [Full Video]
Jamaica stunned the United States in the last women’s track race of the world championships as Novlene Williams-Mills snatched the 4×400 metres relay gold by passing Francena McCorory in the final 10 metres of a thrilling race.
Jamaica had held a 15 M lead over the United States at half-way, after strong runs by Christine Day and Shericka Jackson, only to see America’s individual 400 M champion, Allyson Felix deliver an astonishing leg to chase down and catch Stephenie Ann McPherson and hand over the stick for the anchor leg with a slight lead. Felix’s leg of the relay was timed unofficially at 47.7sec but it was to prove in vain as Novlene Williams-Mills ran a shrewd final lap to overhaul a tiring Francena McCorory and win Jamaica’s third relay gold medal of the Beijing championships, and her nation’s seventh of the week. Jamaica clocked 3min 19.13sec, to the United States’ 3:19.44 with Britain taking bronze in 3:23.62.