Finally, a relay gold for Veronica Campbell-Brown at the World Championships.
The Jamaican sprint star – and one of the top sprinters of all-time – has had great success at the World Championships. She had won gold in the 100m and the 200m and had an Olympic gold in the 4x100m relay.
But she had never ran on a gold-medal winning 4x100m team in the World Championships – until Saturday night. Jamaica won the 15th IAAF World Championships gold in Beijing.
Campbell-Brown and her Jamaican teammates earned gold in the finals with a winning time of 41.07 to set a new World Championships records. Campbell-Brown ran the first leg of the 4x100m – putting her on a curve where she excels. Natasha Morrison ran second followed by Elaine Thompson with Shelly-Ann Fraser running the anchor leg.
While it was the first gold in the event it was Campbell-Brown’s 11th career medal at the World Championships. She remained third all-time as Allyson Felix of the United States was part of the silver medal US team in 41.68. That kept her in second with 12 medals.
The all-time leader is Merlene Ottey of Jamaican with 14.
She was the only former Cougar to medal during the relay events as Tyson Gay and the United States were once again disqualified from the 4x100m finals.
The US easily won their heat in 37.91 with Gay running the third leg. Trayvon Bromell started followed by Justin Gatlin, Gay then Mike Rodgers.
In the finals, the US and Jamaica were set for a showdown. And the two didn’t disappoint – until the final handoff.
The US had a lead after Gay’s third leg but his exchange with Rodgers was not executed in the proper zone. It appeared Rodgers took off a bit too soon.
That slowed the US and Usain Bolt and Jamaica blew by them for the gold. It appeared momentarily as if the US would get the silver as they finished second.
But the US team was disqualified, moving host China to second and Canada to third. Former Cougars Akeem Haynes was part of the Canadian relay pool but did not run in the preliminary heats nor the finals.
It was the fourth time in the last six World Championships something has happened to the US team taking away a medal either by DQ or DNF
The event concluded with Campbell-Brown as the only former Cougar to earn a medal – taking bronze in the 200m and gold in the 4x100m relay.