EUGENE, USA, July 24 – The United States reclaimed its world crown in the women’s 4x100m relay in Eugene on Saturday, edging out a star-studded Jamaican roster to win gold in Oregon.
The American quartet of Melissa Jefferson, Abby Steiner, Jenna Prandini and Twanisha Terry clocked 41.14 seconds for a landslide victory at Eugene’s Hayward Field.
Jamaica won silver in 41.18sec and Germany bronze (42.03).
“This is the most fun race of my life!” Steiner said. “You can hear my voice. I never shout so loud during a race.
Anchor leg Terry added, “Being able to feel the energy of the crowd, shaking hands, signing autographs, it’s just an amazing feeling.
“The race was electrifying. You heard the stadium. The stadium has gone crazy. We just brought him home.
A busy Jamaican team boasted newly crowned individual 100m and 200m world champions in the form of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, as well as four-time Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, 100m bronze medalist in Eugene and Kemba. Nelson.
But they couldn’t do anything as Team USA made three successful stint transfers in front of a loud, partisan crowd at Hayward Field.
“The goal is always to win for the team. I think all the ladies ran well. I’m grateful to be able to get on that podium again,” said Fraser-Pryce, who also took silver in the 200m behind Jackson.
“You have to give everyone a chance right now and do what you have to do. I feel good because it’s my second world championships when I get three medals.
“It feels really good because I’ve worked really hard this season and been consistent and just came out there and ran my heart and soul to give this time.”