Williams-Mills, Jamaica Win 4x400m, Beat Felix, USA
BEIJING, China – Novlene Williams-Mills ran an impressive anchor leg to pilot Jamaica to victory in the women’s 4x400m, despite a stunning run from Allyson Felix for the Americans.
Collecting the baton behind the United States, after Felix ran a remarkable third leg to give the favourites the lead, Williams-Mills charged down Francena McCorory in the closing metres to give Jamaica the gold medal in a world leading 3:19.13.
Christine Day, Shericka Jackson and Stephenie Ann McPherson were the other members of the victorious Jamaican quartet.
USA took the silver in 3:19.44, with Great Britain finishing with the bronze medal with a season-best effort of 3:23.62.
However, the Americans grabbed the gold in the men’s race, as LaShawn Merritt held off the Trinidad and Tobago anchor runner to give his team the gold in a world-leading 2:57.82.
The Caribbean nation ran a national record of 2:58.20 for the silver, while Great Britain edged Jamaica for the bronze, after both teams finished with a season’s best 2:58.51.
Also on the final day, Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana won the women’s 5,000-meter final with a world championship record 14:26.83 seconds and defeated 1500m champion Genzebe Dibaba in the process.
Ayana, who took the kick out of Dibaba by increasing the race pace in the latter laps of the race, led an Ethiopian sweep of the medals, as Senbere Teferi finished with the silver in 14:44.07 and Dibaba getting the bronze in 14:44.14.