janieve russell Jamaica National trials

Jamaica, the world’s sprint nation, ended four days at Birmingham’s 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships, without a signal medal in their favourite events.

Elaine Thompson, the Olympic Games sprint double champion, came the closest with 4th in the women’s 60m.

The team, however, made the medal’s table, thanks to field event athletes – Danniel Thomas-Dodd (19.22m, national record, in shot put) and Kimberly Williams (14.48m, personal best, triple jump), both taking home silver.

On the final day, after crossing the line second behind the U.S. women, it was later revealed that Jamaica’s team consisting of Tovea Jenkins, Janieve Russell, Anastasia Le-Roy, Stephenie Ann McPherson, was disqualified.

The team had illegal exchange during the handoff between Russell and Le-Roy. Consequently, Poland moved up to the silver medal position in a national record 3:26.09, the U.S. won the event in a meet record of 3.23.85.

In the men’s 4×400, Jamaica did not start the heats, which left Trinidad and Tobago to carry the Caribbean flag.

Trinidad & Tobago just missed out on a medal in a National Record time of 3.02.52, behind Belgium, and the USA, who led the for the majority of the race until Polish anchor Jakub Krzewina surged with one last kick to pass American anchor leg Vernon Norwood for a world championship and indoor world record of 3:01.77.

The women’s 800-meter final lacked Natoya Goule, who did not advance out of heats. In the final all three medalist ran under 2:00 minutes.


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