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USA dominates IAAF World Championships 2017 while Caribbean athletes stutter

The United States athletes soared as the USA dominated the IAAF World Athlethics Championships 2017 in Britain while the Caribbean athletes returned to earth after great past Championships and Olympics showings.

2017 Medal Tally

  • United States – 30 medals – 10 gold, 11 silver, 9 bronze
  • Great Britain  & Northern Ireland(host) : 6 medals – 2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze
  • Caribbean: 9 medals – 2 gold, 1 silver, 6 bronze

JAM –  4 medals – 1 gold, 0 silver, 3 bronze
TT  –  2 medals – 1 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze
BAH –  2 medals – 0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
CUB –  1 medal  – 0 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze

In 2015, it went like this for the Caribbean:

  • Caribbean:20 medals – 9 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze

JAM – 12 medals – 7 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze
CUB –  3 medals – 2 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze
BAH –  2 medals – 0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
TT  –  2 medals – 0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
GRN –  1 medals – 0 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze

Usain Bolt

The track athlete of the past 10 years, Usain Bolt, announced he would retire, that this was his last World Championships and, last year, his last Olympics game.

He entered only the 100M and 4x100M events, finishing a close 3rd in the 100M and pulling up from injury in the 4x100m relay, a disappointing way for him to end a great career…  but we should be happy we had a Usain Bolt, regardless of this end to his career.

The Future

The future may seem grim to many but, having watched the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships the past few years, I expect to see some good talent come out of the Caribbean in the next 2 – 3 years.

Big ups to our athletes and congratulations to all who competed, whether they won medals or not.  And, by the way, Jamaicans and Caribbean people, stop making up stories about the athletes, some really bad stories.  Let’s just accept that they weren’t up to par this time around and hope the ones who remain and the ones who will step up to the table in the future will learn from these Championships.

Kenya, Jamaica, and United States top medals at World Championships in Beijing
World Athletic Championships Beijing 2015 Medal Tally

In the end, Kenya reigned supreme ahead of Jamaica and the United States of America in the medal tally.

The Jamaican women’s team 4x400M team received Jamaica’s only medal, the gold, on the final day of competition. The two-team race saw Jamaica’s lead by lead off  Christine Day being lengthened signifcantly by Sherica Jackson.  However, Stephanie Ann McPherson was chased down by 400M champion of the USA, Allyson Felix, to give the US the lead on the 4th leg.  However, the great Novlene Williams-Mills, ran past Francena McCrory to take the victory for Jamaica.  USA got the silver and Great Britain was 3rd.

Jamaica’s 4×400 team

Christine Day –> Shericka Jackson –> Stephenie Ann McPherson –> Novlene Williams-Mills

United States’ 4×400 team

Sanya Richards-Ross –> Natasha Hastings –> Allyson Felix –> Francena McCorory

Great Britain’s 4×400 team

Christine Ohuruogu –> Anyika Onuora –> Eilidh Child –> Seren Bundy-Davies

In the Men’s 4×400 M, Trinidad & Tobago finished 2nd to the United States.  Great Britain was also 3rd in this event edging Jamaica’s promising youngster Javon Francis (former Calabar High School standout) at the line.  Francis actually went out quickly to take 1st place but couldn’t hold it down the stretch.  Gutsy performance by the young man.

  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total Yowlink score
1  Kenya 7 6 3 16 36
2  Jamaica 7 2 3 12 28
3  United States 6 6 6 18 36
4  Great Britain 4 1 2 7 16
5  Ethiopia 3 3 2 8 17
6  Poland 3 1 4 8 15
7  Canada 2 3 3 8 15
 Germany 2 3 3 8 15
9  Russia 2 1 1 4 9
10  Cuba 2 1 0 3 8
11  China* 1 7 1 9 18

From my couch, China put on a brilliant event.  Let’s see what the people who were there think.

Eternal Father bless our land…” — Jamaican anthem

Jamaicans sweep 4x100M relays in Beijing
Jamaica strike double gold in 4x100M in Beijing

Jamaica’s 4x100M men quartet took advantage of a poor final baton change by the USA men’s relay team to join the women in winning gold for the tiny island nation.

With the women on the sideline cheering Bolt on, he anchored Jamaica to their 6th… yes sixth… gold of the championships, his 3rd.  The Jamaican really accentuated a great day of track and field, a day that saw USA’s Ashton Eaton break the Decathlon record with a score of 9045, China’s 4×100 men winning silver after USA was disqualified, and Mo Farrah winning the 5,000M.

Womens 4x100M relays

1    JAMAICA 41.07    (Championship Record)

1. Veronica Cambell-Brown –> 2. Natasha Morrison –> 3. Elaine Thompson –> 4. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

2    UNITED STATES – 41.68

1 English Gardner –> 2. Allyson Felix –> 3. Jenna Prandini –> 4, Jasmine Todd

3    TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – 42.03

  1. Kelly-Ann Baptiste –> 2. Michelle-Lee Ahye –> 3. Reyare Thomas –> 4. Semoy Hackett

Mens 4x100M relays

1. JAMAICA – 37.36

1. Nesta CARTER –> 2. Asafa POWELL –> 3. Nickel ASHMEADE –> 4. Usain BOLT

2. CHINA – 38.01

1. Youxue Mo –> 2. Zhenye Xie –> 3. Bingtian Su –> 4. Peimeng Zhang

3. CANADA – 38.13

1. Aaron Brown –> 2. Andre DeGrasse –> 3. Brendon Rodney –> 4. Justyn Warner

UNITED STATES – 2nd but DQ

1. Trayvon Bromell –> 2. Justin Gatlin –> 3. Tyson Gay –> 4. Mike Rogers

Usain Bolt wins 200M, Segued by Segway, Cameraman
Usain Bolt celebrates winning 200M gold in 2015 IAAF World Championships

Usain Bolt won his favorite event, the 200M, easily over Justin Gatlin to get his 2nd gold in Beijing, China. This gave Jamaica their 3rd gold of the 2015 World Athletic Track & Field Championships, with Bolt winning 2 and outstanding Fraser-Pryce winning 1.

After the race, Bolt was taken down by a segway on which a cameraman was filming. Bolt joked that the cameraman was “trying to kill” him.

1. Usain Bolt (JAM( – 19.55
2. Justin Gatlin (USA) – 19.74
3. Anaso Jobodwana (RSA) – 19.87