Jamaica's women mine olympic gold in 4x100m
Tokyo, Japan, August 6, 2021 - The Jamaican female quartet of Briana Williams, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson comprising the women 4x100m team, this morning gave their country an independence gift clocking a national record 41.02 seconds at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, for Jamaica's first gold in the event since 2004 in Athens.
Hunting victory for Jamaica,Briana Williams was fast out of the blocks putting Jamaica narrowly ahead at the first changeover, with the 19-year-old handing the baton to Thompson-Herah. Running in lane eight, Thompson-Herah handed over to Fraser-Pryce who then ran a smooth bend and was ahead as she reached Shericka Jackson on the final leg.
Running a powerful sprint on the anchor leg, Jackson couldn’t be caught and she strode towards victory staying well ahead of the USA's 200m bronze medallist Gabby Thomas who brought the US team home second in 41.45 for the nation’s record-extending 16th Olympic medal in the event. A strong final leg by Daryll Neita saw Great Britain, who had run a national record of 41.55 in the heats, come through for bronze in 41.88.
Jamaica had been second in the last two Olympic Games, 2012 in London and 2016 in Rio while they had won the gold at the most recent World Championships in Doha in 2019.
It was the third gold for Thompson-Herah to add to her sprint double triumph earlier in the Games.
The USA were second in 41.45 seconds and Great Britain third in 41.88 seconds.