Relays record

The IAAF World Relay Championships on the new Mondo Super X 720 track has been the stage of three world records and a set of seasonal best performances.

26 mai 2014

Difficult to imagine a more exciting debut of for the World Championships relay (IAAF World Relays), which in the first edition to have recorded three world records and seasonal best performances in all ten disciplines that are racing. After two days of competition, the medals saw the United States team move to the first position  (5 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), which was awarded as the first golden baton, signed by Mondo, from the hands of Lamine Diack, president of the IAAF.

The races were held at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, inside the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre in Nassau, the Bahamas. The athletes have raced on the new track Mondo Super X 720, which provides a significant increase in comfort without compromising athletic performance through the application of tecnoclogia exclusively developed for Mondotrack. The same facility will also host the 2015 edition.

The first world record of the championships came in from 4x1500 m women's relay, by the Kenyan team ( Cherono, Kipyegon, Jelagat, Obiri ), which was set with a time of 16:33:58. The second world record 4x200m male relay team is the work of Jamaican men (Ashmeade, Weir, Brown, Blake), who ran in 1:18.63 broke the previous record that had stood for 20 years. The third world record came from 4x1500m male, again thanks to Kenya, running the amazing time of 14:22:22, has shattered the previous record ever recorded by Kenyans in 2009.  Excellent results also by Ethiopia, now third with their own national record: 14:41:22.

Great times were also made in other disciplines. The men 's 4x100 was won by Jamaica (Carter - Ashmeade - Strong - Blake) , and qualifying clocked the fastest time of the year with 37.71. Great Britain, who won the bronze in the qualifying set the fastest European time with 37.93.  The men's 4x400 saw the success of the United States ( Merritt, Verburg, McQuay, Taylor) who ran in 2:57:25, the best time of the year. Second and third in the relay of the Bahamas to Trinidad & Tobago, who has created a national record 2:58:34 . European best result of the season for Great Britain, came fourth in 3:00:32. The U.S. women's 4x200 m (Solomon, Meadows, Knight, Duncan ) has established itself with a time of 1:29:45. Surprising second place for the United Kingdom, which saw the national record with a time of 1:29.61 . The USA 4x400 m ( Trotter, Sanya, Hastings, Atkins ) ran the fastest time in 3:21.73 season . Second and third Jamaica Nigeria. Excellent performance of the French relay, with a time of 3:25.84 that he set the fastest time seasonal Europe. Even the women's 4x800 m was won by the American team (Price, Lara Wilson, Martinez) with a time of 8:01:58, ahead of Kenya, African record with 8:04:28 , and Russia.

At the conclusion of the first edition of the IAAF World Realys, an enthusiastic Lamine Diack, the IAAF president, said: " In the paradise of sun, sea and sand, as you define the Bahamas, we have experienced a true sportsman's paradise that has excelled beyond expectation . People have embraced the IAAF World Relays and their noise and support will continue to play in our memories for many years to come. "