Jamaican joy in women's relays

MUM CAN RUN: England's Jo Pavey, 40, who gave birth to her second child only 10 months ago, on her way to a bronze in the women's 5,000m. PHOTO: AFP

Blessing Okagbare's dreams of a sprint treble were blown to shreds by the Jamaicans in the women's 4x100m yesterday morning (Singapore time).

The Nigerian, who had won the women's 100m and 200m, could only watch as the powerful Jamaican quartet of Kerron Stewart, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Schillonie Calvert and double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claimed gold in a new Games record of 41.83sec.

The Jamaicans also outran the Nigerians in the 4x400m. Their quartet of Christine Day, Novlene Williams-Mills, Anastasia Le-Roy and Stephanie McPherson finished first in 3:23.82, 0.89sec ahead of Nigeria.

England could claim only bronze in 3:27.24, despite having Christine Ohuruogu, the current world 400m champion and former Olympic and Commonwealth gold medallist, in their quartet.


However, the English found reason to celebrate in the men's 4x400m as rookie Mathew Hudson-Smith produced a sterling final lap to hold off Bahamian veteran Chris Brown to win in 3:00.46.

In the middle- and long-distance events, the indomitable Kenyans continued their amazing form on the Glasgow track.

First, Mercy Cherono and Janet Kisa won gold and silver in the women's 5,000m, the bronze going to England's 40-year-old Jo Pavey, who had given birth to her second child only 10 months ago.

It meant the Kenyan women won 13 of the 18 medals on offer, missing out only on two silvers (800, 1,500m) and three bronzes (1,500, 5,000m, marathon), but most impressively winning all six golds.

Cherono and Kisa's double feat was then replicated in the men's 1,500m by compatriots James Magut 
and Ronald Kwemoi. - AFP.