Track & Field

Bolt beaten by dirtiest team in history; Barr still blazing; Irish women 5th in Bahamas

Usain Bolt and his Jamaican teammates could do nothing to stop the USA, arguably one of the dirtiest teams in history, in the men’s 4 by 100m relay final at the IAAF World Relay Championships in the Bahamas last night.

The US quartet of Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey won in 37.38. Bailey is the only runner on the US team not to have served a doping suspension or been in breach of a doping violation. You can watch the race video below and letsrun.com also recorded Bolt post-race.

Thomas Barr blazed to a 45.13 second 400m split but it wasn’t enough for the Irish 4 by 400m relay team to advance to the final as they finished 6th in their heat in 3:07.11.

Barr (Ferrybank) combined with Craig Lynch (Shercock) who ran 47.44, Brian Murphy and Richard Morrissey (both Crusaders) who split 47.43 and and 47.11 respectively.

“We gave it our all, couldn’t ask for more than that,” said Barr afterwards. The time was short of their national record of 3:01.67 set in the European championships in Zurich last August.

The Irish women’s 4 by 200m team of Amy Foster (Lisburn), Steph Creaner (DCH), Sarah Lavin (UCD) and Phil Healy (UCC) set a new national best to come 5th in 1:36.90. Nigeria won the straight final in 1:30.52. There race videos are below along with the men’s 4 by 800m final and the women’s distance medley relay.

Men’s 4 by 100m relay

Men’s 4 by 400m

women’s 4 by 200 final

Irish women's 4 by 200m team: Sarah Lavin, Phil Healy, Steph Creaner and Amy Foster

Irish women’s 4 by 200m team: Sarah Lavin, Phil Healy, Steph Creaner and Amy Foster

men’s 4 by 800m final

women’s distance medley relay

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