Jamaica’s women’s 4×400 metres team have had their victory lap cut short for their bronze in the penultimate event of the World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Sunday.
The team has been currently listed as disqualified on the IAAF’s site – details on the reason for the disqualification and subsequent appeal are still unknown.
Nonetheless, favourites the United States of America lead from start to finish. The battle was for the silver and bronze medals and Jamaica kept in contention with starter Anastasia Le-Roy handing over the baton second to Tiffany James.
James, however, faltered to fourth as she was passed by Poland and Great Britain. Finalist in the individual 400 metres Stephanie-Ann McPherson recovered ground to hand over the baton third to Shericka Jackson.
Jackson who won bronze in the 400 metres and gold on the women’s 4×100 metres relay, covered both Poland and Britain on the backstretch to enter the homestretch second.
She was, however, passed in the final 60 metres by Poland as she held on for the bronze.
The USA completed the distance in 3:18.92 minutes, a world leading time, with Poland doing a national record of 3>21.89 as Jamaica did a season best of 3:22.37.