The men’s 4x100 meter final, which included heavyweights - the United States featuring Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay and Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, garnered a lot of attention from the audience at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium on day one.
Both squads qualified for the finals in their respective heats previously that night of May 2.
From the gun sounded, both Jamaica and the United States got off to great starts. The United States and Jamaica kept things close, but the United States built a slight lead on the backstretch with Gatlin on second leg duty.
Tyson Gay got the stick on the third leg where the main event between Bolt and Ryan Bailey was awaiting everyone.
It looked like Bolt was up to his usual “tricks” again by running down an opponent. Instead, it was Bolt and the Jamaicans coming up short as Bolt, in a last ditch effort, tried to play catch up with Bailey on the final 100 meters as the USA glided across the finish line with the gold in the 4x100 meters.
To most, it was strange seeing Bolt being bested when a medal is on the line, but Bolt told the media that he was no stranger to second place.
He added that the team must now, “go back to the drawing board.”
He also highlighted the respect he has for the United States.
In the men’s 4x100-meter B final, Great Britain hauled away the gold in 38.67 seconds, closely followed by Barbados taking the silver in 38.70 seconds and the Dominican Republic claiming bronze in 38.98 seconds.
The Bahamas finished eighth in 39.56 seconds.
Just before the men’s 4x100 meter final, The Bahamas came out to compete in the women’s 4x200 meters final and sent the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in a frenzy.
Unfortunately, the night did not end the way they and everyone in the stadium expected. The sorority of Sheniqua Ferguson, Anthonique Strachan, Brianne Bethel and Shaunae Miller were disqualified after a late exchange on the third leg between Strachan and Bethel.
They continued the race with Bethel getting the baton to Miller. In a valiant effort by Miller at the end, The Bahamas nearly clipped the Nigerians at the finish line.
After the race was over, they were told the unfortunate news.
The Bahamian ladies were not the only ones in the race who suffered misfortune. The United States botched the final exchange between Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix, resulting in a “Did not finish” for the U.S.
Nigeria was the team that earned the gold, clocking a time of 1:30.52, followed by Jamaica with the silver in 1:31.73 and Germany settling for bronze in 1:33.61.
The Americans continued to dominate on day one. The men’s 4x800 meter final, which had no previous heats, was an event most expected the Kenyans to dominate again, but the Americans had other plans. The U.S. went the distance securing a new championship record in a time of 7:04.84.
Poland was the silver medal winners as they clocked 7:09.98 and Australia were awarded the bronze medal with a time 7:16.30.
Shortly after the 4x800 meters, The United States women’s distance medley relay team took no prisoners and set a new world record on their way to a gold medal in 10:36.50. Kenya would take the silver medal after they clocked 10:43.35. Poland was third across the finish line with a time of 10:45.32.
Published Tuesday, May 5, 2015