PASSING THE BATON: T&T, Jamaica Grab Medals at IAAF World Relays

Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica were the only Caribbean nations to win medals at last month’s IAAF World Relays in Japan. 

CedenioThe region finished the meet with one gold, two silver and a bronze.

T&T, led by a stellar anchor leg from Rachel Cedenio , won the men’s 4x400 meters. Cedenio teamed up with Deon Lendore, Jereem Richards and Asa Guevara to clock a world leading time of three minutes 00.81 seconds. Jamaica finished third in a season’s best 3:01.57, but the team of Demish Gaye, Akeem Bloomfield, Rusheen McDonald and Nathon Allen was moved up to second place and awarded the silver after the United States was disqualified for a lane violation.


Jamaica earned silver in the women’s 4x100. Gayon Evans, Natasha Morrison, Shashalee Forbes and fast closing Jonielle Smith clocked 43.29 seconds to finish behind the U.S. in 43.27.

However, muffed baton changes cost Jamaica’s team of Elaine Thompson, Stephenie Ann McPherson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson dearly in the women’s 4x200. They clocked 1:33.21 for fourth, but was promoted to third and awarded the bronze following disqualification of the U.S. The gold was won by France in 1:32.16, with China second in 1:32.76.