Jamaica defeated a star-studded American team in the final of the Women’s 4x400m relay to make it 3 victories out of 3 relays run so far.
The US team was lauded before the race as the favorite and one of the best 4x400m women’s quartet ever assembled. Sanya Richards-Ross (Olympic Champion) ran the lead off leg, followed by Natasha Hastings, then Allyson Felix (400m gold medallist) and anchored by Francine McCorory.
They were matched by Jamaica’s 4 starters in the 400m final. Christine Day the starter, followed by Shericka Jackson (400m bronze medallist), Stephenie Ann Morrison and Novlene Williams-Mills on the final leg.
Christine Day handed over first, and a strong 2nd leg by Jackson stretched Jamaica’s lead to about 10 metres. Allyson Felix ran a brilliant 3rd leg to cut the Jamaicans’ lead and hand over first by a couple metres.
It was left to the final leg which saw the experienced Novlene Williams-Mills against Francine McCorory. The American kept the lead until the last 50 metres when she showed signs of tiring and a strong Williams-Mills passed her for the gold. Novlene Williams-Mills, who did her last operation to tame her breast cancer on January 18, 2013, pulled away near the end to win comfortably.
The Jamaican women have beaten the Americans in the Women’s 4x400m for their first title since 2001. Jamaica now has 7 gold medals, the same as leaders Kenya.