Sprint relay fast but no medal
Jamaica's 4x100 metre men's team earned a dubious distinction at last week's International Association of Athletics Federations World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Raheem Chambers, Nigel Ellis, Jhevaughn Matherson and Dejour Russell hustled to the fourth-fastest 4x100 time ever run by a Jamaican Under-20 team which did not win a medal.
Their time of 39.13 seconds left the team in fourth. That clocking is the fastest time for fourth place in the Under-20 ranks. By comparison, Steve Slowly, Dwight Thomas, Paul Thompson and Roy Bailey ran the event in 39.70 seconds when they won the World Junior gold medal in 1998.
In fact, the 2016 Jamaica team would have won the 4x100m in the first seven stagings of the World Junior Championships, which are now known as the World Under-20 Championships.
Chambers, Ellis, Matherson and Russell ran so well that their time is superior to the mark that secured the silver medals for a Usain Bolt-anchored squad at the 2002 World Junior Championships held in Kingston. Winston Hutton, Orion Nicely, Yhann Plummer and Bolt finished the journey in 39.15 seconds.
Jamaica also won the event in 2006. That's when Winston Barnes, Remaldo Rose, Cawayne Jervis and Yohan Blake triumphed in the national junior record time of 39.05 seconds. That mark was lowered by Jamaica's 2012 World Under-20 runner-up quartet to 38.97.
With the respective 100- and 200-metre champions Noah Lyles and Michael Norman speeding, the USA won in 38.93 seconds. Like Jamaica, Germany clocked 39.13, but was awarded the bronze medal.