The United States stunned Jamaica to win the women’s 4×100 meters relay gold medal at the World Athletics Championships 2022 after clocking a world-leading 41.14 seconds to fend off a fast finish from Shericka Jackson.
The quartet of Melissa Jefferson, Abby Steiner, Jenna Prandini, and Twanisha Terry got the better of a star-studded Jamaican team that had to settle for the silver medal in 41.18 secs. Read more: USA dominates men’s 4x400m heats with 2:58.96 – World Athletics Championships 2022
“The race was electrifying,” said Terry. “You heard the stadium. The stadium went crazy. We just brought it home.”
“It was not expected of us today and I am glad we pulled it through,” said Melissa Jefferson, who ran the first leg for the United States.
Germany finished with the bronze medal with a time of 42.03 secs.
Elsewhere, a very young and talented Nigerian team that included LSU’s Favour Ofili on the second leg, set an African record of 42.22 to finish in fourth place while Spain clocked another national record of 42.58 when crossing the finish line in fifth –improving the mark the team set in the semi-finals.
Andre De Grasse and Canada stun USA in men’s 4x100m
In the men’s race, meanwhile, Canada stunned the USA men to take the gold medal after Andre De Grasse held off Marvin Bracy on the anchor leg to win the gold medal in a world-leading time of 37.48 seconds.Embed from Getty Images
“We spoke about last year and what a great shot we had at being on top of the podium,” De Grasse said.
“We were able to practice the relay more. We had that team chemistry. It’s special to win here. There are many Canadians cheering us on. It’s not on home soil, but it felt like it.”
“We did it with the same guys I have been growing up together with in the sport, said Brendon Rodney. “No words can really explain.”
The United States ran 37.55 secs for second place with the bronze medal going to Great Britain & NI with 37.83.
4X100 METRES RELAY WOMEN’S RESULTS
Joy Chinenye UDO-GABRIEL
Nzubechi Grace NWOKOCHA
Maria Isabel PÉREZ
|6||GBR||Great Britain & NI|
Ajla DEL PONTE
4X100 METRES RELAY MEN’S RESULTS
Andre DE GRASSE
|3||GBR||Great Britain & NI|
Joseph ODURO MANU
Joseph Paul AMOAH
Rodrigo DO NASCIMENTO
Méba Mickaël ZEZE
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