After an opening leg by Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, Natasha Hastings reached the break for Team USA with a narrow lead over Jamaica. When World 400m champion Allyson Felix got the baton, she found herself approximately 15 meters back from Jamaica’s Stephenie Ann McPherson. Felix immediately chipped away at the deficit and flew around the final curve, kicking down McPherson and handing off to Francena McCorory with a 1-stride lead, posting a 47.7 split. “I just wanted to run as hard as you can for the team. Felix said. “We’re all out there together. This one hurt a lot. We have so much history and legacy in the 4×4. It’s hard to lose this one, but it’s motivation for next year and to come back stronger.”
On the anchor, McCorory and Jamaica’s Novlene Williams-Mills battled down the backstretch, with McCorory opening a gap on the bend, but Williams-Mills surged past in the final seven meters to win in 3:19.13, a 2015 world leader. Team USA crossed in 3:19.44 for silver, with Great Britain third in 3:19.62. “It’s tough. We didn’t want to lose. McCrory said. “It just gives us more motivation for next year. I was just trying to run as fast as I could to the finish.”
Women’s 4x100m takes silver behind championship record
With three sprinters competing in their first World Outdoor relay final, the Team USA 4×100 lineup of English Gardner, Allyson Felix, Jenna Prandini and Jasmine Todd used solid exchanges and an especially strong curve run by Prandini, whose leg took the Americans from third to second, to take the silver medal in 41.68 seconds. It took the second-fastest time in history to beat them.
The Jamaican quartet of Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran a stunning 41.07 to win the race, crushing their World Championship record of 41.29 set in Moscow and posting the second-fastest time in history, behind only the U.S. world record of 40.82 set at the 2012 Olympic Games. Trinidad and Tobago was third in a national record 42.03; Great Britain in fourth also set a NR with 42.10.