Jamaican 4x400 teammates (from left) Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Janieve Russell, Christine Day, and Anastasia Le-Roy, celebrate taking gold at the Commonwealth Games in Australia on Saturday.AP
In the last event on the track for women at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Jamaica’s women struck gold in dominant fashion.
After silver and bronze medal finishes in the sprint relays, the 1600-metre relay runners from the Caribbean earned a measure of revenge, clocking 3:24.00 seconds to tag the event, edging out Nigeria by just over two hundredth of a second.
Nigeria’s silver-medal run came in 3:25.29, with Botswana in tow at 3:26.86, a new national record.
There was also some revenge for Stephenie-Ann Mcpherson, who was well beaten in the individual 400 at the hands of Amantle Montsho. Montsho could not make up the gap on the 2014 Commonwealth champion, who grinned from ear to ear after getting over the line, in starc contrast to the annoyance she displayed during the individual event.
The team also included Anastasia Le-Roy, who had closed fast in the individual 400 to claim a surprise silver and another gold medal winner in Janieve Russell.
Christine Day, a woman who is spurred by the thought of relays, was also part of the gold-medal winning quartet.
England, the hosts of the next Commonwealth Games, had finished the sprint relays with double gold but found themselves short this time around, clocking 3:27.21 for fourth, while hosts Australia, were just behind them with 3:27.43.
Scotland, 3:29.18, notched a national record for sixth, while India, 3:33.61, and Uganda, 3:35.03 rounded out the final.