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Olympic Games 2008. Relay report: Jamaica men breaks World record; Women drops baton

22 August 2008
www.world-track.org

Jamaica won gold in the men's 4x100m relay with a new world record 37.10 at National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Jamaica won gold in the men's 4x100m relay with a new world record 37.10 at National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Usain Bolt collected his third gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games on Friday when Jamaica, anchored by former world record holder Asafa Powell, won gold in the men's 4x100m relay in World record fashion.

The women's team, however, did not have the same luck as they failed to finish a race they were tipped to win the gold medal in.

The quartet of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Bolt and Powell, were unstoppable on the night, as Jamaican blasted to a new world record of 37.10seconds, shattering the old mark of 37.40, previously held by USA.

"It's a great feeling," said Powell of Jamaica's 4x100m triumph.

"I was really excited to go out there and give Usain his third world record."

It was double joy for the Caribbean as 100m silver medallist Richard Thompson anchored Trinidad & Tobago to second place in 38.06sec. Japan ran 38.15 to take the bronze.

The Jamaican defending champion women's team, firmly placed to add another gold medal to their collection at these Games, failed the make the pass on the third leg between Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson and crashed out in the finals.

Russia went on the take the gold in 42.31 to beat Belgium, at 42.54 and Nigeria, 43.05.



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