Jamaica women's 4x100m team after winning silver at the Budapest 2023 World Athletics
Jamaica women's 4x100m team after winning silver at the Budapest 2023 World Athletics

Shericka Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser, and Oblique Seville played pivotal roles in securing two sprint relay medals for Jamaica on the penultimate day of the Budapest 2023 World Athletics Championships, held on August 26.

The Jamaican women’s team, comprising Natasha Morrison, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shashalee Forbes, and Shericka Jackson, clocked a season-best time of 41.21, securing the silver medal. They trailed behind the USA team, which included Tamari Davis, Twanisha Terry, Gabrielle Thomas, and Sha’Carri Richardson, who set a championship record with a time of 41.03.

Speaking on behalf of the team, Forbes stated, “We’re not disappointed. It was a great race. They were very tough. We went out to deliver, and we are happy and pleased with what we got.”

The Jamaican men’s 4x100m relay team, initiated by Ackeem Blake and followed by Oblique Seville, Ryiem Forde, and Rohan Watson, bagged the bronze medal with a time of 37.62. They finished behind the USA’s 37.38 and Italy’s 37.62. The United States team consisted of Christian Coleman, Fred Kerley, Brandon Carnes, and the sprint double champion, Noah Lyles.

This medal marked Jamaica’s first in this event since the Beijing 2015 World Athletics Championships, recalling the London 2017 event where Usain Bolt pulled up during the anchor leg.

Seville on Jamaica’s Budapest 2023 Medal: ‘We Want to Continue to Deliver Medals’

Seville, expressing his delight, said, “This is a new generation, and we are proud to bring home the bronze. Sprinting in Jamaica is at a really high level, and we have a sprinting legacy. We all want to do sprints, and we have really competitive athletes in the team. This medal gives us extra motivation for the upcoming Olympic Games. We want to continue to deliver medals for Jamaica.”

In the women’s shot put, Danniel Thomas-Dodd registered a throw of 19.59m, landing her in fifth place. Chase Ealey of the USA clinched the top spot with a season-best throw of 20.32m, followed by Sarah Mitton of Canada, who also achieved a season-best with 20.08m.

Jamaica’s Relay 4x400m Teams Advance to Finals, Set Eyes on Gold at Budapest 2023 Championships

Both Jamaican 4x400m relay teams advanced to the finals of their respective events.

In the men’s 4x400m relay, Rusheen McDonald, Jevaughn Powell, Zandrion Barnes, and D’Andre Anderson propelled Jamaica to a first-place finish in Heat 2, clocking a time of 2:59.82 and outpacing France’s 3:00.05.

The women’s 4x400m relay saw Charokee Young, Nickisha Price, Shiann Salmon, and Stacey-Ann Williams team up to set a world-leading time of 3:22.74 in the heats.
Williams commented on their performance, “We did not expect to run a world lead tonight, but we knew we had been working hard. Even though this may or may not be the final team, we are proud we ran fast in the qualifications. We are here to win.”

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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.