WOMEN’S DISTANCE MEDLEY – IAAF/BTC WORLD RELAYS, BAHAMAS 2015
5/2/2015 ~ Team USA’s women’s distance medley had their sights set on a world record, and the team of Treniere Moser, Sanya Richards-Ross, Ajee’ Wilson and Shannon Rowbury overdelivered, running 10:36.50 to destroy the IAAF’s previously listed world best of 10:48.38, run by Villanova in 1988. It was also markedly better than the fastest-ever time of 10:42.57, set indoors at Boston in February.
The six-nation field ran tightly packed through the first two laps of the 1,200m lead-off leg. Kenya, the U.S. and France separated themselves, with France’s Renelle Lamote a somewhat unexpected leader at the first exchange. Moser split 3:18.38.
From there it was all Team USA. Richards-Ross quickly went to work on her 400m leg, taking over first place 100m into her leg and running a 50.12 split before handing off to Wilson with a 2.5-second lead on Kenya. Wilson (2:00.08) kept the pedal down for her 800m, running alone in front and handing off to Rowbury six seconds up on Kenya. Coming off an outstanding indoor season that saw her win national titles in both the mile and 3,000m, Rowbury (4:27.92) was clearly fit. She did not disappoint, cruising to the win ahead of Kenya in second, nearly 7 seconds back in 10:43.35. Poland was third in 10:45.32.
Story courtesy of usatf.org