The Athletics world was abuzz this week with the World Relays taking center stage at the Bahamas. “Don’t drop the baton” is what most athletes representing their countries were thinking to themselves- USA (*coughs).
I will not refrain from Kenya’s performance at the Relays- underwhelming as it was. but at least we had teams for the 400m and mixed relays this year.
here are the highlights from the relays:
Jamaica sprint queens took the 200m relays in superb fashion with Elaine Thompson proving that her winning form last year has been carried forward to this year. A surprise came in the 100m relays where neither Jamaica nor USA took the gold; rather a really determined Germany. USA’s calamity was in the first leg when Tiana Bartolletta tripped and fell along with USA’s hopes for gold. Jamaica’s team lacked its heavy hitters such as Elaine Thompson and got silver.
Here’s that race:
Lashawn Merrit is back for another season. showing his experience, he held of a tumultous attack from Botswana to claim gold. the USA ladies made it triple gold at the World relays with an impressive performance over 800m relays.
Jamaica set a world record- its almost not impressive anymore because it is so expected. Big up!!
Who can forget that electric final Mixed relays where men got to sprint against women in what was a magnificent display of inclusive sports. as Matthieu of Bahamas ran down Phyillis of United States for the gold my immediate thought was- I’d like to see him try to pull that run down on Allyson Felix. and that is when I realized i am looking forward to more of these relays. mission accomplished IAAF the buzz has been created now to make the event bigger and better in coming competitions.
Those were my highlights; what were yours?