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Mike Rosenbaum

U.S. Wins First World Relays Crown

By May 27, 2014

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The United States won five of the 10 events - including four of the five women's races - to capture the overall title at the inaugural IAAF World Relays, held in Nassau May 24-25. The American team earned 60 points in the standings (the top eight teams in each event earn points - eight points for the winner, down to one point for the eighth-place team). The U.S. won the men's and women's 4 x 400-meter relays plus the women's 4 x 100, 4 x 200 and 4 x 800 races. The U.S. placed second in both 4 x 1500-meter races and took third in the men's 4 x 800. Baton-passing errors knocked the Americans out of the men's 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays.

Jamaica was second with 41 points, winning the men's 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays, finishing in a world-record time of 1:18.63 in the 4 x 200. Kenya scored 35 points, with victories in both 4 x 1500-meter relays plus the men's 4 x 800. In the 4 x 1500, Kenya set world records in both the men's (14:22.22) and women's (16:33.58) races. A total of 43 nations participated in the World Relays, with 29 scoring at least one point.

The top eight finishers in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays automatically qualify for the 2015 World Championships. As a result, Jamaica, Great Britain and Brazil are now qualified in all four events. The U.S. plus Trinidad and Tobago are qualified in three of the four relays.

The World Relays will return to the Bahamas in May 2015.

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