Allyson Felix: “We knew Jamaica had a really strong squad”
BEIJING, China – American sprinter Allyson Felix admits that they expected Jamaica to win the women’s 4x100m relay title at the just concluded IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
The Jamaican quartet of Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, ran unchallenged to defend their sprint relay title in a blistering time of 41.07 seconds on Saturday.
The winning performance was a national record for Jamaica and the second fastest time on the all-time list, behind the Americans world record of 40.82 seconds, and Felix admitted that they were expecting such a display from the defending champions.
She ran a storming second leg to help her country pick up the silver medal in a time of 41.68 seconds, but was unable to stay with Morrison down the backstretch.
“We knew it was going to be tough,” the American who won the women’s world title over the 400m dash said.
“We knew Jamaica had a really strong squad and so we just wanted to go out there and do the best that we could.”
At the same time, though, Felix is backing the United States, gold medallist at the 2012 London Olympic Games, to recover and defend their title in Rio, Brazil, next summer.
“We’re going to put the squad together and come together and next year we’re going to work harder and try to give a better outcome,” she said.
Jamaica, which set the previous championships record of 41.29 secs in Moscow, Russia, in 2013, were hoping to break the world record in Beijing.
Fraser-Pryce and company failed to finish at the 2008 Olympics inside this same Bird’s Nest Stadium when they were the overwhelming favourites.