The Closing Day Highlights from Beijing!

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Women’s Marathon

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Yesterday evening, Mare DiBaba, yes there is a 3rd, won the Women’s final for Ethiopia!

Women’s 5000m Final

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Ethiopia swept the 500m finals with Almaz Ayana winning Gold in a CR of 14:26.83 and Senbere Tefere, silver, both ahead of Genzebe Dibaba, World Record holder of the Women’s 1500m!

Women’s Javelin Throw Final

Germany’s Kathrina Molitor won Gold! China’s Lyo won silver making China even prouder.

Men’s High Jump Final

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Drama with the High Jump. The 4*400m Men’s relay should have been the last event but the High Jumpers were still going. China’s Guowei Zhang was put under a lot of pressure for Gold. The top 3 were all attempting a height of 2.36 but failed. So the bar was lowered to 2.34 to see who would prevail.The Canadian, Derek Drouin was the only one who made the jump, thus winning Gold. China’s Zhang and Ukraine’s Bondarenko shared Silver.

Women’s 4×400m Relay Final

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JAMAICA has beaten the USA for the first time in the Women’s4*400m Relay!!!!! GOLLLLLLLDDDD! What a run by the Jamaican girls! Experience in the end with Novlene. Kudos to the coach for that set up of Day to Jackson to McPherson to Williams-Mills. Perfect! Christine Day ran a super 1st leg, giving Jamaica the lead, handing off to Shericka Jackson to lengthen that lead to pressure USA’s Allyson Felix on the 3rd leg with McPherson who kept us in it, staying close behind her and Novlene Williams’ Mills did the rest with her experience. She ran her race to have enough left in the tank at the end to pass McCorory who was WL earlier this year, close to the line for Gold. This result moved Jamaica ahead of USA on the medal table. Wow!

Men’s 4×400m Final

USA won Gold in a WL 2:57.82. Trinidad & Tobago won Silver and Great Britain’s Rooney clipped Jamaica’s Javon ‘Donkey Man’ Francis at the line for Bronze. Thousandths of seconds apart. It was Matthews to Chambers to McDonald to Francis out from Lane 9. So it was a lot for Jamaica to do. However, Javon Francis started out too fast from 5th to pass USA in the 1st spot, then ran out of gas at the end. But did he really run out too fast? Based on his time, he ran his best 400m time ever, faster than that massive run in Moscow to take Jamaica from 5th to 2nd. So there is nothing more he could do. A better lane could have helped. Well done to the Men’s  4×400m relay team.

The Best moments from Beijing!

Bolt’s Treble, Mo Farah’s Triple Double,  Danielle Williams’s Gold in the 100m Hurdles, 400m Bartoletta’s Jump to upset Proctor in the Women’s Long Jump, Dafne Schipper’s brilliant 200m run, Jamaica denying the super US Quartet of Gold in the Women’s 4×400m relay and there was so much more! Certainly the most competitive World Championships by far. Every athlete had to come with their A game. The USA only managed to get 2 Gold medals from events on the track, Allyson Felix’s 400m Gold and the Men’s 4×400m Relay. Kenya finished 1st on the overall medal table with the same amount of Golds as little but tallawah, JAMAICA! Jamaica has finished for the first time ahead of rivals, the used to be mighty USA, with 7 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals. Quality over Quantity. The Jamaican athletes’ hard work, determination and confidence paid off. Props as well to their coaches. Brilliant, memorable performances and massive accomplishments to be written in history.

Suga’s favourite moments were Danielle Williams winning the 100m Hurdles, Usain Bolt beating Gatlin in the 100m then totally dismissing him in the 200m, VCB getting a Bronze in the 200m and the Jamaican ladies denying the US quartet in the 4 × 400m Relay!

Here is a list reminding you of Jamaica’s medal winning performances, Jaminate!

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Well done Jamaica and all other athletes and countries for putting on a great, competitive show in Beijing! Thanks for Reading! This is Suga signing off. 

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