Athletics world erupts over 'insane' moment at world championships

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The American women, pictured here after shocking Jamaica to win the 4x100m relay at the world championships.
The American women shocked Jamaica to win the 4x100m relay at the world championships. Image: Getty

The athletics world was left gobsmacked on Saturday at the world championships in Oregon after the US women dethroned the mighty Jamaicans to win the prestigious 4x100m relay.

The American women pulled off a shock upset over Jamaica, who boasted all three medallists from the 100m final and won gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

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The US women, a clear underdog to a Jamaican team that had won all but one of the six sprint medals at the meet so far, scored the upset when Twanisha Terry held off 200m gold medallist Shericka Jackson for a .04-second victory.

The American team, which also included Melissa Jefferson, Abby Steiner and Jenna Prandini, finished in 41.14, with Germany (42.03) claiming bronze.

"This is the most fun race of my life," Steiner said.

"I never scream that loud during a race. Hayward magic is a real thing."

Terry added: "To be able to feel the energy from the crowd, to shake hands, sign autographs, it's just an amazing feeling.

"The race was electrifying. You heard the stadium. The stadium went crazy. We just brought it home."

The Jamaicans boasted all three medallists from the 100m final - Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (gold), Jackson (silver) and Elaine Thompson-Herah (bronze).

Twanisha Terry, Abby Steiner, Melissa Jefferson and Jenna Prandini, pictured here after winning the 4x100m relay at the world championships.
Twanisha Terry, Abby Steiner, Melissa Jefferson and Jenna Prandini celebrate after winning the 4x100m relay at the world championships. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

However their fate appeared to be sealed by a messy first pass between Kemba Nelson and Thompson-Herah.

With Fraser-Pryce running the third leg, Jamaica also had both members of the one-two finish in the 200m final after Jackson claimed gold in the race.

"The goal is always to win for the team. I think all ladies ran well. I am grateful I am still able to stand on that podium," said Fraser-Pryce.

"You have to give everybody the chance at the moment and to do what you have to do. I am feeling good as this is my second world championships when I am getting three medals.

"It feels really good because I worked very hard this season and was consistent and I just came out there and ran my heart and my soul to give that time."

US men settle for silver in 4x100m relay

While it was elation for the US women, it was heartbreak for the men after they finished second following a sloppy baton exchange that has become a ritual for the star-crossed team.

Andre DeGrasse beat Marvin Bracy to the line by .07 seconds to lift Canada to the victory in Saturday's men's race in 37.48 seconds.

Bracy fell behind in the anchor leg after twice reaching back and missing the exchange from Elijah Hall, who went tumbling to the ground after he finally let go of the stick.

Although they walk away with a medal this time after missing out in six of the last 13 worlds and three of the last four Olympics, it can't be framed as anything but an unsatisfactory result.

Andre De Grasse, pictured here crossing the finish line to win the men's 4x100m relay.
Andre De Grasse crosses the finish line to win the men's 4x100m relay. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

DeGrasse, the Olympic champion at 200m, could barely walk up his stairs four weeks ago while battling Covid-19.

He won the gold medal with a team that also included Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake and Brendon Rodney.

"We did it with the same guys I have been growing up together with in the sport," Rodney said after helping Canada collect bronze in Rio and silver in Tokyo.

"No words can really explain."

Great Britain took bronze in 37.83.

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