EUGENE, Oregon (July 23) — USA, Great Britain, and Jamaica are the fastest qualifiers for the women’s 4x400m final at the World Athletics Championships Oregon 22 after the semi-finals on Day 9 on Saturday (23).
The United States team that included Allyson Felix on the second leg, advanced to the final with the fastest time at 3:23.38 to win the first heat ahead of Great Britain which clocked 3:23.92 to move into the final with the second quickest time.
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“I don’t think they’ll need me tomorrow,” Felix, who ran 50.61 seconds on her second leg, told reporters.
The 13-time world champion was called up to race in the heats of the women’s, and she got back on a plane to Eugene, Oregon.
“They just called me and asked if I am willing to be in and I am here,” said Felix. “It is really cool, I did not expect it to happen.
“But I am always up to run with this team. All of us ran pretty hard to put our team in a position for tomorrow. This is really special.”
Meanwhile, Jamaica, which ran without both 400m finalists Stephenie Ann McPherson and Candice McLeod dominated the second semi-final heat with a time of 3:24.23 to qualify with the third-best time entering the medal race.
After the top three teams, the rest of the field includes Belgium (3:28.0), Canada (3:28.49), Italy (3:28.89), and France (3:28.89).
Meanwhile, despite a blistering 49.3 split from Femke Bol on the anchor leg, the Netherlands didn’t advance to the final after they were disqualified for a dropped baton on the exchange between the second and third leg runners.
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4X400 METRES RELAY WOMEN’S RESULTS
Jaide STEPTER BAYNES
|2||GBR||Great Britain & NI|
Miranda Charlene COETZEE
Gontse Martha MORAKE
Zenéy VAN DER WALT
Stacey Ann WILLIAMS
Naomi VAN DEN BROECK
Ayomide Temilade FOLORUNSO
Aauri Lorena BOKESA