MOSCOW, Russia (Sporting Alert) — Jamaica and United States were the fastest nations from the semi-finals of the women’s 4x100m relays at the IAAF World Championships on Sunday.
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The United States, leaving out top sprinter Carmelita Jeter for the heats, were the quickest of the qualifiers with 41.82 seconds and they defeat Brazil, who finished second in the heat in 42.29 and Russia (42.94).
Jamaica, running without sprint double world champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, won the first heat in 41.87secs, with France (42.25) joining them from that semis into the final.
The Bahamas, which won the second semi-finals were disqualified for a lane violation, but fellow Caribbean outfits Trinidad and Tobago, who finished fourth in the third semi-finals in 43.01 made it through to the final.
Semis two, after the disqualification, went to Great Britain with 42.75, with the fast finishing Canadian taking second in a new national record of 42.99.
In the men’s race, Jamaica was beaten into second place by Great Britain, who took semi-final one in 38.12 to the Jamaicans 38.17. The defending champions were without world record holder Usain Bolt, who will come in for the final.
The United States qualified for the final with a solid heat winning run of 38.06, despite a very poor final exchange to anchor runner Justin Gatlin.
An impressive Germany team won the third and final semis with 38.13 with Canada taking second in 38.29
Both men’s and women’s final take place later on tonight.
Still to come is the final of the women’s 800m, with American Brenda Martinez and Alysia Montano looking good from the top spots on the podium. Mariya Savinova and Ekaterina Poistogova of Russia are also in the final of the event.
The women’s Javelin and an exciting men’s Triple Jump final are also set for Sunday’s final day of action.