The highlight of the 1st night of the World Relays was the World Record in the 4×200 metres set by the Jamaicans, despite the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt being absent! Yohan Blake anchored the Jamaica team home in 1:18.63 in the seldom run event (Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir and Jermaine Brown complete the quartet), shaving off 0.05s from the former World Record, which was set in 1994 by a Carl Lewis-led USA team!

Jamaica clearly came with a plan to break this record, and hence take home the extra $50,000 for a World Record, in addition to the $50,000 earned for winning the race! Imagine how much lower they can bring this down, if Usain Bolt decides to turn out for the World Relays next year!

St Kitts & Nevis took a surprising 2nd in 1:20.51, while France celebrated the Bronze in 1:20.56, after Team USA was disqualified for a botched changeover outside the zone. Team Nigeria failed to record a time in the event, after Nigeria’s number 1 male sprinter Ogho-Oghene Egwero limped off injured in the 2nd leg of the Heats earlier in the day. Considering that this is Nigeria’s first time in history competing in the 4×200 metres, any kind of finish would have become a new National Record!

 

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Bambo Akani is the Founder and CEO of Making of Champions (MoC). He is an avid sports writer and photo-blogger, and has quickly become an internationally recognized Athletics Expert. He appeared in a new weekly Athletics segment on the Sports Tonight Show on Channels TV during the 2014 Athletics season and has also appeared on Jamaican Television and Radio to discuss the MoC "The History" Film that he Produced and Directed, and to review and analyse key events in world athletics.Bambo holds an MEng and BA in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University in the UK and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management in the US.

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