This past weekend on the beautiful island New Providence, The Bahamas hosted the first ever 2014 IAAF World Relays. This annual sporting event took place at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium and was the stage for top relay teams from around the world to compete and prove to the world who could carry their batons the best. This event was the largest sporting event to ever be held in The Bahamas and it was a clear success! Athletes came ready to run! Three world records were set at the meet, two were established by Kenyan teams and one by a Jamaica team. Kenya set new records in both the men and women’s 4×1500 meter relay. Kenya’s men’s relay team established a world record of 14:22.22 in the 4x1500m final, while Kenya’s women’s 4x 1500m quartet improved the world record by more than half a minute to 16:33.58.
Meanwhile, the blazing Jamaican 4×200 men’s relay team broke the 20 year standing world record by .05 seconds finishing with a time of 1:18.63. The highly anticipated 4 x 400m men’s relays finals set the stage for the main event for Bahamians. The ongoing battle between the United States and The Bahamas for the top spot at 4 x 400m continued, and this race lived up to the hype! Fans were on their feet from the sound of the gun to the end of the epic race. The race was between the USA and The Bahamas at the last 100 meter stretch with The Bahamas leading up until the final 30 meters before the finish line. That was when America’s world leading 400m runner LaShawn Merritt, disappointed the energized crowd and passed Bahamian anchor leg Michael Matthieu to win the gold for the USA with a time of 2:57.25. The Bahamas took the silver and ran a great race to finish just a few seconds behind the USA with a time of 2:57.59.Trinidad and Tobago earned a national record in third, with 2:58.34. Jamaica suffered a dropped baton at the first exchange but battled back to finish eighth in 3:10.23.
Overall, the event was a success and fans were pleased with the effort and display of talent displayed by Bahamian athletes and those that came from around to world. Next year this event is set to take place in New Providence again and is already anticipated to be even better. Congratulations to all of our Bahamian athletes that participated this weekend , especially the Golden Knights who demonstrated the heart and soul of Bahamian pride competing against the world. Congratulations from Mario Carey Realty!
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