Andre De Grasse receives the baton from teammate Brendan Rodney in the 4x200m final. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Canada’s disappointment in the men’s 4x100m relay turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the team rallied round to hand a shock defeat to the USA and Jamaica in the 4x200m on Day 2 of the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.

Earlier in the day, Canada secured their spot in the final by finishing ahead of Jamaica (1:22.01) in Heat 1 with a time of 1:21.11, with Gavin Smellie running the take-off leg, while Brendon Rodney followed. Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown ran the third and anchor legs respectively.

Aaron Brown anchored Canada to a World Lead in the 4x200m relay. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Perhaps this was just the good luck charm they needed as the sprinters maintained the same positions in the final while engaged in a battle for superiority with USA’s quartet of Noah Lyles, Jarrion Lawson, Isiah Young and Ameer Webb, and the Jamaican team comprising Nickel Ashmeade, Oshane Bailey, Rasheed Dwyer and Yohan Blake.

Canada withstood the threat posed by the sprint powerhouses, sprinting to a World Lead (WL) of 1:19.42 as the US returned a Season’s Best (SB) of 1:19.88 to scoop Silver. Jamaica settled for Bronze in an SB of 1:21.09 while Trinidad and Tobago bagged a National Record (NR) of 1:21.39 in 4th place.

Anchor-leg runner Brown was pleased with the team’s performance. He said: “It did not go well yesterday but I’m glad we were able to break the curse, get the monkey off our backs and show the world what we are able to do in the relays.”

Shaunae Miller-Uibo played a vital role in Bahamas’ victory in the 4x400m Mixed Relay. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Meanwhile host nation the Bahamas finally had a reason to smile as they ended the championship on a high after winning the last event of the day, the 4x400m Mixed Relays ahead of the US.

Quartermiler Steven Gardiner and Olympic Champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo built the momentum for the team, with Anthonique Strachan and Michael Mathieu consolidating on their efforts to cross the finishing line in 3:14.42.

The US team was represented by Michael Berry, Jaide Stepter, Paul Dedewo and Claudia Francis, and won Silver with a time of 3:17.29. Jamaica was 3rd with 3:20.26.

Andre De Grasse receives the baton from teammate Brendan Rodney in the 4x200m final. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Yemi Olus is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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