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Jamaica shatter world U20 4x100m record at Carifta Games

Host country Jamaica swept all four of the gold medals on offer in the 4x100m relays on another dominating day


Jamaica continued to dominate the 49th staging of the Carifta Games by setting a new world Under-20 record in the Girls’ 4x100m relay at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday.


True to their status as powerhouses in the relays, the Jamaican quartet of Serena Cole, Tia Clayton, Brianna Lyston, and Tina Clayton ran a smoldering race to cross the line in 42.58 seconds for the gold medal.

Jamaica had the previous world Under-20 record of 42.94 seconds from the World Under-20 Championships in Nairobi last August. Three members of new world record quartet – Cole and the Clayton twins – featured in the previous record. Kerrica Hill was other member of the 2021 world Under-20 record team.

Jamaica finished well clear of Barbados, who clocked 45.36 for the silver medal. The bronze went to Trinidad and Tobago in 46.12 seconds.

In the Boys’ Under-20 4x100m relay, Jamaica took the gold medal in a new Carifta Games record of 39.15 seconds to complete a sweep of the four sprint relays.

The Bahamas (40.41) and Cayman Islands (40.72) took the silver and bronze, respectively.

In the Girls’ Under-17 4x100m relay, Jamaica claimed the gold in 45.38. The Bahamas (47.13) took the silver medal and Trinidad and Tobago (48.19), the bronze.

In the Boys’ Under-17 4x100m relay, Jamaica won the gold medal in 41.74 seconds. Trinidad and Tobago (42.77) and the Cayman Islands (43.40) secured silver and bronze, respectively.