World Relays
NASSAU, BAHAMAS - APRIL 21: A baton is handed off as athletes practice prior to the IAAF / BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017 at the Thomas Robinson Stadium on April 21, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for IAAF )

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NASSAU, Bahamas – Bahamas’ Rio Olympics 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo recorded the fastest split of all first round runners at Saturday’s IAAF World Relays #Bahamas2017.

Miller-Uibo’s 50.25 on the opening leg of Bahamas’ failed attempt to advance to Sunday’s final, stood out. Anthonique Strachan 53.37, Christine Amertil 54.11 and Rashan Brown 56.67, in that order, were the other Bahamian runners. The homesters finished fourth in 3:34.40, the heat won by Nigeria 3:31.97.

Christine Day had the fastest split for Jamaica in the same event, recording 52.00 while Dawnalee Loney, on her first senior team, was next best with 52.52. Janieve Russell, who ran the second leg, clocked 52.43, while anchor leg runner Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby did 52.87 to take Jamaica home in 3:29.93 behind Poland 3:29.42.

American Quanera Hayes, on third leg, recorded the evening’s second best split of 50.75 in her team’s 3:29.27 victory.

On the men’s side, Trinidad and Tobago’s Renny Quow, who opened with 45.31 handed off to Jereem Richards, 45.30, and Deon Lendore, 45.60, recorded some for the best splits.

Lalonde Gordon, who got the baton in 2nd place, ran 46.30 to edge out American David Verburg, 46.84 and the USA 3:02.51 to 3:02.62.

Peter Matthews, the third runner, was the best for Jamaica with 45.42, just better than 2nd leg runner Javon Francis, who, on the day, did 45.92. Javere Bell opened with 46.10 while Demish Gaye closed with 46.08 as Jamaica advanced to the final with 3:03.52.

Bahamas with Michael Mathieu 46.06, Demetrius Pinder 46.44, Andretti Bain 47.28 and Steven Gardiner 45.59, in that order, combined for 3:05.37, which wasn’t good enough for a place in the final.


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