Nickel Ashmeade anchors Pure Athletics to victory at Florida Relays

Gainesville, Fl — Jamaican sprinter Nickel Ashmeade anchored his Pure Athletics 4×100 metres relay team to victory at the 2012 Florida Relays, held at the University of Florida, here in Gainesville.

Ashmeade, a finallist over the 200m dash at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea last year, ran anchor and teamed up with fellow Caribbean sprinter Keston Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago and Americans Mookie Salaam and Travis Padgett in winning the event in 38.64 seconds.

The winning time also bettered their own meet record of 38.74, set last year. It was also quicker than the previous track record of 38.69, set by LSU in 1998.

The Florida Gators, with 100m champion Jeff Demps and 400m specialist Tony McQuay on the opening legs – finished second in 38.91.

A Canadian team finished third in 39.16, while Justin Gatlin ran the second leg on the Star Athletics quartet that fiinshed in fourth place in 39.54.

Racquel Smith

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