BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 29: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica competes in the Women's 4x100 Metres Relay heats during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

United States beat Jamaica to retain their Olympic Games women’s 4x100m title.

Jamaica with Christania Williams, Elaine Thompson, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce trailed USA from the get go.

Running out of the tough lane one, US team led off by long jump champion, Tianna Bartoletta gave them a very good start. Allyson Felix raced down the backstretch and handed over to English Gardner and by the time Tori Bowie took the baton on anchor, the Americans were unstoppable.

“A lot of things have happened,” said Fraser-Pryce after the race. “The toe has been a big, big part of it. But mentally I was able to stand up. I knew I was going to be able to compete. This is my last race (of the season),” she said.

USA won in 41.01 ahead of Jamaica, 41.36 and Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 41.77.

“I’m extremely happy,” said Bartoletta. “The journey to this point has been tumultuous. It’s special,” she added.

Gardner added: “It’s very humbling. These girls are special.” while Bowie said “I’m thankful for it all.”

Felix said: “We had fun out there.”

Trinidad and Tobago with Semoy Hackett, Michelle-Lee Ahye, Kelly-Ann Baptise and Khalifa St Fort finished fifth in 42.12.

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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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