Suga agrees with the switch for a faster start. Let’s go for Gold!
No World Record last night but USAIN BOLT created more history completing his Triple in the 200m with GOLD in 19.78!
He didn’t run the curve as well as he usually does (because of the rain perhaps?) but ran a good curve nonetheless ahead of the field. He also did not power through the stretch and separate himself from about 60m to 80m left like old times, but that’s age.
It is obvious he wanted a better time but with the injury and only competing in the 200m once before the Olympics, compounded with the weather conditions and him concentrating too hard on his time, all factored into the result.
One step at a time Usain. The title was most important last night and Jamaicans couldn’t be prouder.
According to USA Today, Andre DeGrasse of Canada had talks about tiring out Usain in the Semi-Final since he is younger so should recover faster for the Final. He also said if Usain breaks the World Record he would be right their with him. Well, looks like he was the one who didn’t recover faster because he got the Silver in 20.02 after runing 19.80 in the Semi-Final. Suga believes their Bromance has come to a quick end.
It was a close call for the Bronze but Cristophe LeMaitre of France came through for it in 20.12. He has never given up! Adam Gemili of Great Britain was 4th in 20.12 separated by thousandths of a second. Churandy Martina of Netherlamds was 5th in 20.13.
LaShawn Merritt showed his age last night too (30 years) as well as the fact that he may have been too tired from the 400m and placed 6th.
So it is a nicely mixed podium and Usain Bolt removed all doubts if any and showed that he IS the G.O.A.T.
Moving on to later today, Usain will go for the Triple-Triple, where Gold in the 4×100m Relay will have him retire from his last Olympics with a perfect slate.
Young Elaine Thompson also has the opportunity to go after a Triple for the 1st time.
Note that Jamaica is the first country to have a man and woman win the 100m and 200m in the same Olympics!
Our Jamaican Men and Women will not have it easy in the 4×100m Relays with tired legs for the Men and a faster US team for the Ladies. But fingers crossed things will still go our way!
Starting Line-ups are suspected to be as follows:
Women’s 4×100m Relay Team
Christania to Elaine to VCB to Shelly
Men’s 4×100m Relay Team
Ashmeade to Asafa to Blake to Bolt
Lane Assignments are as follows:
Good Luck Jamaica!
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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Women’s High Jump Final
Mariya Kuchina of Russia wins Gold with a PB of 2.01. A favourite of ours, Blanka Vlasic managed to come back from injuries to win silver. She now has 4 medals in the World Championships. Chicherova, also from Russia won bronze.
Men’s 5000m Final
Great Britain’s Mo Farah makes history with a ‘triple double’. He won the 5000m and 10000m in London Olympics 2012, again at Worlds 2013 and now again in Beijing! Well done Mo Farah!
Men’s Decathalon Final World Record!
USA’s Ashton Eaton takes back his own World Record and now sets a World Record of 9045 points.Congratulations to him!
Men’s Discus Final
Dacres did well but could not reproduce the same distance that got him into the Final with a throw over 65. He finished 7th with a throw of 64.22. Poland’s Malachowski won Gold with 67.40. His PB is over 71! Harting of Germany won silver with 66.90 and another gentleman from Poland, Urbanek won bronze with 65.18.
Women’s 4×100m Relay Final
JAMAICA wins Gold in the Women’s 4×100m in style with a Championship record of 41.07! Clean changes from VCB to Morrison to Thompson to Fraser-Pryce. USA was 2nd with 41.68 SB and the same team from the Heats and Trinidad & Tobago win Bronze with 42.03 NR.
Men’s 4×100m Relay Final
The Jamaican men have done it! The US were to win on paper but clearly they cannot handle the pressure of Jamaica beside them. Their strategy of using the same team in the heats and finals did not work. They still had a major fumble from Tyson to Rogers, the 3rd to 4th leg. It was thought that Jamaica had to be perfect to win but we were not perfect either! Asafa had an outstretched hand that was waiting too long for Carter to hand over, then Asafa made up crazy ground on Gatlin and ran so fast that he ran in too close for the changeover to Ashmeade. Ashmeade has made up for his previous performances, running a hell of a leg with an almost perfect changeover to Bolt who blazed down the stretch for the 37.36WL win.
Mike Rogers was just out of the changeover position so the American quartet were disqualified. They had to fold up their flag during the celebration. Really unfortunate again for the US. So now CHINA wins silver and Canada bronze.
Jamaica now move ahead of USA into 2nd on the Medal table behind Kenya! Can they upset USA even further and maintain that lead with the 4×400m relays? Hard task but as we saw today, anything is possible.
Look out for Jamaica in the Men’s Discus Throw tomorrow morning and the Relays! We are looking for a medal from Fedrick Dacres, possibly another Gold! With regards to the relays, the Women’s 4×400m Jamaica team has gone through to the Final with the 3rd fastest time behind Nigeria and the super USA team. The Men’s 4×400m team has also gone through to the Finals with the 3rd fastest time behind Trinidad & Tobago and the USA. Javon ‘Donkey Man’ Francis seemed injured after he anchored the relay and had to seek medical attention. He was holding his shoulder in pain from the impact of Hugo de Sousa of Brazil who collided into him and fell over when changing the baton. We hope he will be ok for the final!
The Jamaican ladies are through to the Women’s 4×100m Finals with a WL41.84! (Simpson to Morrison to Stewart to Fraser-Pryce).They were followed by Great Britain and Canada.
The USA ladies are also through to the 4×100m Relay Final with a time of 42. (English Gardner to Felix to Prandini to Todd)Trinidad & Tobago finished second and The Dutch, who had Schippers on the back stretch, finished third to qualify.
Germany and Russia are the fastest losers.
Men’s 4×100m Relay
One of Jamaica’s athletes, looked like Tracey who was to anchor, got injured during the warm up before the 4×100m relay. He hopped off the field with ice on his ankle/foot. He will be replaced by Ashmeade.
USA was way ahead in Heat 1 of the Men’s 4×100m with their star team, Brommell to Gatlin to Gay to Roger, perhaps to practice safe baton changes and they were clean. They had a time of 37.91. Great Britain 2nd. Germany 3rd.
Jamaica (Carter to Powell to Dwyer to Ashmeade) ran a good race for the second Heat with sensational changeovers finishing with 37.41 SB. France 2nd. China 3rd. Antigua & Barbuda and Canada from the same Heat go through as fastest losers.
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SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST 29- Jamaica time
4:00am Men’s Javelin Throw Decathalon Group A
4:35am Women’s 400m Masters Final
4:45am Men’s 800m Masters Final
5:20am Men’s Javelin Throw Decathalon Group B
5:30am Women’s High Jump Final
6:15am Women’s 800m Final
6:30am Men’s 5000m Final
6:50am MEN’S DISCUS THROW FINAL
7:10am Men’s 1500m Decathalon
7:50am WOMEN’S 4×100m RELAY FINAL
8:10am MEN’S 4×100M RELAY FINAL
SATURDAY EVENING, AUGUST 29- Jamaica time
6:30pm Women’s Marathon Final
SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 30- Jamaica time
5:30am Men’s High Jump Final
5:45am Women’s Javelin Throw Final
6:15am Women’s 5000m Final
6:45am Men’s 1500m Final
7:05am WOMEN’S 4×400M FINAL
7:25am MEN’S 4×400M FINAL