Jamaica's 4x400 Men and Women win silver in World U-20 games

Jamaica's 4x400 Men and Women win silver in World U-20 games

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 22, 2021 -  Jamaica's men's and women's 4x400M teams both won silver medals the World Athletics Under-20 championships in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday.

The men's team of Malachi Johnson, Jeremy Bembridge, Tahj Hamm, and 400m hurdles bronze medallist Devontie Archer, clocked 3:05.76 seconds for second in a tight  final event as the championships came to a close after five days of competition at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday.

Bembridge, who had failed to complete his 400m first round race, ran a strong second leg to get Jamaica into medal contention after Johnson's opening leg.

Botswana, with the individual 400m champion Anthony Pesela on the second leg, won in a World Under-20 leading 3:05.22 seconds, while hosts Kenya were third in 3:05.94 seconds.

The women's team of Annalee Robinson, Aalliyah Francis, Aaliah Baker and Daena Dyer, ran 3:36.57 seconds for their silver medal as a powerful Nigerian team won with World Under-20 leading 3:31.46 seconds with Italy taking third with 3:37.18 seconds.

Jamaica's Under-20 team racked up 11 medals -- three gold, six silver, and three bronze -- statistically tied for second best ever at a World Athletics Under-20 championships, only behind the 12 won three years ago in Tampere, Finland.

Jamaica finished fifth on the medals table and third in the placings table with 100 points, the latter calculated on points earned by athletes advancing to their finals.

Hosts Kenya topped the medals table with 16 in total, Finland were second with five total medals but four of them were gold; Nigeria finished third overall with seven medals, four of them gold, and Ethiopia had 12 medals.

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