World Athletics Championships: Canada stuns USA in 4x100m relay
Canada took full advantage of a mistake by the United States in the 4x100m relay final at the World Championships in Athletics to win gold, its first gold in the event since 1997.
A failed final transfer between Elijah Hall and Marvin Bracy cost the United States precious time as Canadian presenter Andre De Grasse passed Bracy on the final stage, crossing the finish in 37.48 seconds to seal gold for his country ahead of the United States which failed to retain its crown.
Great Britain completed the podium taking bronze in 37.83.
4x100m gold at the World Championships in Athletics is redemption for De Grasse, the Olympic 200m champion after suffering a foot injury early in the season and being off track during a crucial training period due to COVID -19 before the tournament.
He had to withdraw from the 200m earlier in the competition and failed to qualify for the 100m final.
The United States managed to win the women’s 4x100m relay, stunning the Jamaican team which fielded all three medalists in the women’s 100m in Saturday’s World Championships sprint.
Despite their “big three” – Shericka Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah – on the track – the United States managed to get home in 41.14 seconds ahead of Jamaica who finished in 41, 18 after wasting valuable time on a couple of stretched changes.
Britain was in the hunt for medals until 200m bronze medalist Dina Asher-Smith suffered an injury at the end of her third leg, allowing Germany to race for a medal of surprise bronze in 42.03.
In the men’s javelin final, Anderson Peters of Grenada defeated Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra to retain his title by saving his best for last with a throw of 90.54 meters after leading the competition throughout.
Chopra threw a record 88.13m to finish second while Czech Jakub Vadlejch, who won silver in Tokyo, took bronze with an effort of 88.09m.
Pakistani Arshad Nadeem finished 5th, the first time a Pakistani athlete managed to finish in the top 8 of the event.
Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo continued his dominance in the men’s triple jump by adding his first World Championships title to the Olympic gold he won in Tokyo.
The 29-year-old jumped a world record 17.95m in his first attempt to take first place while Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso finished a distant second with a 17.55m effort and the medalist Chinese Olympic silver Zhu Yaming settled for bronze with the best effort of 17.31m.