BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 30: Shericka Jackson of Jamaica, Novlene Williams-Mills of Jamaica and Christine Day of Jamaica celebrate after winning gold in the Women's 4x400 Relay Final during day nine of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Christine Day;Novlene Williams-Mills;Shericka Jackson Doha 2019 next

Rio Dream 1024x531 1 1024x531 1RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil —Jamaica is into the final of the women’s 4x400m here at the Rio Olympic Games.

Led off by Christine Day, who handed Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby with the perfect lead, it was then “catch me if you can.”

McLaughlin, on her first Olympic team, extended the lead and by this time, the chasing pack of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Italy and Germany were left to fight for the other two automatic spots.

Chrisann Gordon also ran extremely well on third leg and without losing any ground, the baton was placed in the safe hands of Novlene Williams-Mills.

Williams-Mills, who many will remember for her remarkable gold medal anchor leg run at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, took Jamaica across the line in 3:22.38.

McLaughlin-Whilby said: “Our aim was just to go out there and quality for the final and we did that.”

“Tomorrow we will send the best four to go out there to represent Jamaica,” continued McLaughlin-Whilby, who added “I was pretty excited, because I was dying to go out there on the track.”

Williams-Mills, said they are expecting the same result as in Beijing. “I expect the same results, we want to come back home with the gold medal,” said the 2007 World Championships 400m bronze medallist.
“We just have to come out and execute tomorrow,” she added if they want to be atop the podium.

Bahamas with Lanece Clarke, Anthonique Strachan, Carmiesha Cox and Christine Amertil, despite a national record run of 3:26.36, failed to secure a place in the medal round.

Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished second in 3:24.81 and Canada, third in 3:24.94 to take their place in the final.

United States with Courtney Okolo, Taylor Ellis-Watson, Francena McCorory and Phyllis Francis, won the first heat in a season best in 3:21.42.

Ukraine, 3:24.54 and Poland, 3:25.34 were second and third respectively.

Australia, 3:25.71 and Italy, 3:25.16 are the other teams that will contest the final on Saturday.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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