The Crotchet’s Corner

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Blistering pace – brilliant … more than brilliant

The 4×100 metres men’s’ relay is always a thrill to watch, and this one was no different. If anything, it was even better.

The Jamaicans annihilated the opposition in the 4×100 metres relay at the World Championships at Daegu. The moment Nesta Carter rocketed away from the blocks and 100 metres gold medalist Yohan Blake ran a blistering third leg down the curve, the question in most peoples’ minds was not if but by how much they would win.

And, when Usain Bolt thundered imperiously down the home straight and anchored the Jamaicans home, the gap between them and the rest was all too clear. There were loud gasps – history had been rewritten.

In winning, they beat their own world record they had set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the new record of 37.04 seconds did not come as a surprise. What stood out was the fact that this was the only new world record set at the 2011 championship.

After the disappointment of being disqualified because of the false start in the 100 metres, victory by a distance in the 200 metres in the fourth fastest time in history was some redemption for Usain Bolt.

But, something special was in store. Bolt and his mates in the Jamaican sprint quartet – Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake did not disappoint. Asafa Powell might not have been there in his familiar anchor leg, but that didn’t matter on this night.

The Jamaicans have dominated the 4×100 relay for some years now thanks to fantastic sprinters like Bolt and Powell. Yohan Blake is a great apprentice to this pair. Will they make history once again in London 2012?

The Americans who dominated the event for decades can only watch – in disbelief, perhaps. Their botched baton exchange was perhaps symbolic of how the shift in power has taken place.



September 6, 2011 - Posted by | About this and that, Other Sport | , , , , , , ,

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