China take women's 4X100m bronze at IAAF World Relays

A young men's 4x100m squad have ensured Australia of a spot at August's world athletics championships with an impressive showing at the World Relays meet in the Bahamas.

However, when push came to shove in the final race, the Nigerian ladies could only finish fifth even though they ran an improved time of 1:33.08 which is a Season Best Time.

The Australian women's 4x800m team of Lora Storey, Abbey de la Motte, Zoe Buckman and Heidi See claimed bronze in a time of 8:21.08. "We just wanted to keep the stick today, but we told each other to trust each other and be patient".

Jamaica will stage its first full training session this afternoon at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium ahead of tomorrow's start of the IAAF World Relays here.

It was the US women who confidently collected their third straight 4x400m title while Poland and Jamaica came in second and third respectively in the final race that took place inside Thomas A Robinson Stadium.

The experienced Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich had hit the final lap out in front, but Murphy gradually reeled him back in and went wide on the corner into the final straight to outpace the Kenyan.

"We've never run this type of relay before so it was all new", said Paulo Amotun, who ran the second leg for the refugee team.

The Chinese women's 4X200m team also competed on Saturday and finished eighth in the final with a 1:37.60 clocking.

The Jamaican women, however, had to settle for silver in the 4×100 Meters Relay final and bronze in the 4×400 meters relay final, in a time of 42.95 and 3:28.49, respectively.

  • Joanne Flowers