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#ReturnToLondon: Women through to 4×400, men fail to progress

Jamaica Gleaner / Jamaica’s women are through to Sunday’s final of the 4×400 metres relay at the 16th IAAF World Championships in London.

The team of Anastasia Le-Roy, Chrisann Gordon, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby and Stephenie-Ann McPherson was dominant in heat two putting day light between themselves and nearest challengers, Nigeria.

The Jamaicans who led from the first baton exchange, stopped the clock at 3:23.64 seconds to register a season’s best and place first.

However, the American women are ranked first heading into the final, having clocked a world leading 3:21.66 seconds in heat one.

On the male side, It was a dream turned nightmare for the Jamaicans having led the race for two full legs. 

Despite registering a season’s best 3:01.98 seconds, the team of Peter Matthews, Steven Gayle, Jamari Rose and Rusheen McDonald placed fourth in heat one.

Having received the baton marginally behind the Spanish athlete, anchor McDonald faded into fourth with 20 or so metres to the end.

Spain won that heat in 3:01.72 seconds.

In heat two, the American males set a world leading 2:59.23 seconds to top the rankings heading into the final.

Of note, individual finalists Demish Gaye and current national champion Nathon Allen, did not feature in the Jamaican line-up for the heats.

Name: Stephenie Ann McPherson Date of Birth: November 25, 1988 Events: 400m, 4×400 relay Seasonal best: 400m- 51.45; personal best: 400m-49.92 School: Mountain Grace High Coach: Stephen Francis Track Club: MVP Accolades: Two-time Diamond League winner

Name: Chrisann Gordon Date of Birth: September 18, 1994 Event: 400m Season’s best: 50.13; personal best: 50.13 School: Holmwood Technical High Accolades: 2017 NCAA Division 1 400m champion, Pan American Games Silver medallist

Name: Anastasia Le-Roy Date of Birth: September 11, 1987 Event: 400m Personal best: 50.84 seconds

Name: Anneisha McLaughlin- Whilby Date of Birth: January 6, 1986 Event: 400m Personal best: 50.76 seconds Season best: 50.76 seconds

Name: Rusheen McDonald Date of Birth: August 17, 1992 Personal best: 43.93 seconds Event: 400m

Name: Steven Gayle Date of Birth: March 19, 1994 Event: 400m Personal best: 44.99 seconds Season’s best: 44.99 seconds

Name: Peter Matthews Date of Birth: November 13, 1989 Event: 400m

Name: Jamari Rose Date of Birth: 1995 Event: 400m Personal best: 45.68 seconds Season’s best: 45.68

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