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medallist ATO BOLDON
in his new role as sprint
coach played a vital and
instrumental part as he
inspired the T&T
women's relay team to
winning a bronze medal
in a new national record
time of 42.03 seconds
and becoming the first
women's relay team
from T&T to win an
during Saturday's 4x100
metres relay final in
"On behalf of the
and staff of the WICB, I
would like to convey
our heartfelt solidarity
with the people of
Dominica who have
suffered great loss
from this natural
WICB president Dave
Cameron said on Friday
following the loss of life
and damage to property
that has taken place in
Dominica during the
passage of Tropical
team have been stranded here following
the passage of Tropical Storm Erika,
which wreaked havoc on the small
Caribbean nation leaving 20 dead and
several more missing. The senior side
were returning home after successfully
defending their Windward Islands
Championship title in St Vincent earlier
in this week. However, they were forced
to remain in Barbados after Erika
dumped heavy rains on Dominica,
flooding entire communities and
destroying roads and homes. "It's
devastating. We are not quite sure how
or when we are going back home to
Dominica," Barbados Today online
newspaper quoted team manager
Geoffrey as saying.
"We are trying to work with the local
coast guard here to return to Dominica.
We are hoping that we may able to get
on a military ship.
Lucia and get the Dominican coast
guard to pick us up there." He
continued: "We are hoping that will
happen this week.
If not, then we hope that we can get
out on Wednesday to St Lucia and get
the ferry to Guadeloupe, Martinique and
then on to Dominica.
But that is five days away, we want
to get home now. CMC
Senior squad stranded after Erika strikes
BEIJING---Usain Bolt s final gold
medal at the Bird s Nest came gift-
With a red-white-and-blue bow, too.
The World s Fastest Man made it
three for three in Beijing again, leading
the Jamaicans to a runaway win yes-
terday in the 4x100-metre relay that
came easy thanks to an American team
that still hasn t figured out how to get
the baton around the track.
Tyson Gay s handoff to anchor Mike
Rodgers came outside the passing zone,
and the Americans were disqualified.
It turned Bolt s anchor leg into a pick-
your-time free-run to the finish. He
went hard the whole way, grimacing
and dipping his head at the line, to fin-
ish Jamaica s lap in 37.36 seconds. That
was .52 off the country s world record
but more than fast enough to do the
job against the team that consistently
folds under the bright lights.
This marked the eighth time since
1995 the American men have either
been disqualified or failed to finish at
the worlds or the Olympics.
"We know the key thing is just to
get the baton around," said Bolt, who
extended his record to 11 gold medals
at world championships. "Because with
the US, we know we always have the
best team, and they tend to panic. Pres-
sure gets to them sometimes."
In the women s race, Jamaica did it
with pure speed, no gifts. Three-time
100-metre world champion Shelly-
Ann Fraser-Pryce blew by Jasmine Todd
on the anchor leg for the gold. The
American team, with Allyson Felix in
the second position, got the baton
around cleanly to secure the silver.
That left Ashton Eaton as the only
American winner on Saturday---and
what a win it was. The gold medal
already secured, Eaton ran the final
event of the decathlon, the 1,500
metres, in four minutes, 17.52 seconds
to finish with 9,045 points and break
his old world record by six.
"It s like, where do you find the inner
strength?" Eaton said. "I don t know.
But I think the important thing is to
search for it."
Other gold medals went to Maria
Kuchina of Russia in the high jump,
Marina Arzamasova of Belarus in the
800, Piotr Malachowski in the discus,
and Matej Toth of Slovakia in the 50-
Mo Farah completed his second
straight double at the world champi-
onships, adding the 5,000-metre win
to his earlier 10,000 title. After getting
passed by Caleb Ndiku with two laps
to go, the British runner lined him up
and charged past over the final 100
meters. All in all, it was a more sus-
penseful homestretch than the men s
Thanks to Justin Gatlin s speedy sec-
ond leg, the United States was ahead
through about 250 metres. But as Gay
approached Rodgers for the final hand-
off, Rodgers appeared to start too early.
Gay flailed the baton as his team-mate
took off and reached back his left hand.
The exchange wasn t complete until
after Rodgers had crossed the yellow
line at the end of the passing zone.
"I don t know if I left on time, I don t
know if I left early," Rodgers said. "I
don t know what happened."
Even without the DQ, which moved
China up to second place and Canada
into third, the US was history. Rodgers
finished 0.41 seconds behind Bolt.
Explanations, there were plenty.
"It has to be bad luck," said Gay,
whose doping violation caused the
United States to retroactively lose the
relay silver they took at the London
Gatlin: "Mike and Tyson got lost in
the excitement and the crowd and they
couldn t hear each other, and they were
out of the zone."
Maybe Jamaica s Nickel Ashmeade
was onto something.
"It s like chicken---put in a pot, pres-
sure too much, they can t handle it,"
Bolt has a way of doing that to them.
Though Bolt took offense to the idea,
Gatlin said his early lean in the 100
metres last week gave away the race
he lost to Bolt by 0.01 seconds. Some
portrayed it as a pressure-induced mis-
That win was the fuel Bolt needed
to get stronger over the rest of the meet.
Seven years after he introduced him-
self to the world at the Beijing Olympics
with three gold medals and three world
records, he leaves China as the leg-
end---a single shining star in an oth-
erwise troubled sport dogged by dop-
The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are
less than a year away, and there, Bolt
will try to make it three sprint sweeps
in three Olympics. Nobody had ever
swept two before he came along.
But before that, he ll head back to
the island and enjoy what he did at
these world championships.
Bolt heard what the haters were say-
ing when he came to Beijing hurting
and not at his best: He was beatable.
He was done.
"I came out and proved you can
never count Usain Bolt out," he said.
"I m a champion." (AP)
Bolt wins again, with help from the US
BEIJING---Usain Bolt won his third
gold medal by powering the men s
sprint relay team to a world-leading
performance while Shelly-Ann Fras-
er-Pryce anchored the women s sprint
relay team to the second fastest time
in history, as Jamaica swept both sprint
On the penultimate day of the cham-
pionships at the historic Bird s Nest Sta-
dium, the Jamaican quartet of Nesta
Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade
and Bolt ran the fastest time of the sea-
son to win the men s 4x100 metres event
in 37.36 seconds. Hosts China took sec-
ond position in 38.01 following the dis-
qualification of the United States, while
Canada claimed bronze in 38.13.
The US had finished second but were
stripped because their last baton
exchange took place outside the hand-
over zone. The Jamaicans said they were
always confident of mounting a great
challenge against the Americans, includ-
ing an attempt at their world record of
36.84 set at the London 2012 Olympic
Games. Bolt, who also won the 100 and
200m, said it was unfortunate that the
USA was disqualified but believes they
were under pressure. "It s called pressure.
They won the World Relays and the
pressure was on them. I told you I am
coming back here and do my best," said
Bolt who has now won 11 championship
Earlier, the Jamaican women s team
of Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha
Morrison, Elaine Thompson and the
irrepressible Fraser-Pryce stormed to a
championship record time of 41.07 to
relegate their main rival, the United
States to silver in 41.68, while Trinidad
and Tobago took the bronze in a new
national record of 42.03.
The world record of 40.82 seconds
is held by the US and was set three years
ago in London. For Trinidad and Tobago,
the result was also a proud moment,
especially since they had failed to reach
the podium for many years.
"I feel we ve been trying for years and
we had a couple of mishaps, but I guess
we are grateful to be among these great
athletes and finally put it together," said
Kelly-Ann Baptiste. The medals in the
relays were the only successes for the
Caribbean with remaining prospects on
the final day in the men s high jump
and the 4x400m relays.
Grenada s Kurt Felix set a national
record for the Decathlon, finishing eighth
overall with 8302 points and American
Ashton Eaton now owns the world
record of 9045 points. CMC
The gift of gold:
Jamaica's Usain Bolt smiles as
Jamaica wins the men's 4x100m relay
final at the World Athletics
Championships at the Bird's Nest
stadium in Beijing, yesterday.
Team Jamaica sprints to relay victory
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