Jamaica won Heat Two of the preliminary round of the men’s 4×400 metres race at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday, to advance to the final of the event.
Jamaica were steady throughout with Akeem Bloomfield handing the baton over first to Nathon Allen. Allen maintained the lead, with Terry Thomas doing likewise, before Javon Francis held the challenges of the fast-finishing Kevin Borlee of Belgium to win.
Jamaica won in a season best of 3:00.87 minutes to qualify for the final as one of three automatic qualifiers for the final from the heat. Belgium also did a season best of 3:00.87 metres with Trinidad and Tobago finishing third in 3:01.35.
The United States of America won the first heat in 2:59.89 minutes ahead of Columbia in a national record of 3:01.06 with Italy third in a season best of 3:01.60.
The two non-automatic qualifiers are Botswana with 3:01.63 minutes from Heat One and France from Heat Two with a season best of 3:01.40.