Tyreek Hill, Aldrich Bailey, Arthur Delaney and Aaron Ernest of United States pose after winning the gold medal on the Men's 4x100 metres Relay Final on the day five of the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona on 14 July 2012 (Getty Images) © Copyright
Hill, the bronze medallist in the 100m final earlier this week, got the U.S. team into the lead on the first leg, and they were never headed. Hill in lane 6 handed off to Bailey, the 400 co-bronze medallist and the pair had built a two-metre advantage on Japan (lane 5) before the second exchange, while the Jamaican squad drawn in lane 4 travelled in third.
Delaney ran a good bend but the 200m specialist Asuka Cambridge made up some ground before the closing exchange. Double (100/200) silver medallist Ernest got the baton on the homestretch and he managed to break away from Japan’s Kazuki Kanamori who in turn was overtaken some 5m to the line by the fast finishing Jamaican Jazeel Murphy.
Even in the absence of the injured Julian Forte, the Jamaican squad set a National record of 38.97 to strike silver for the third championships in a row while the Japanese team landed bronze (39.02) as they had already done back in 2000 and 2004 still running one hundredth of a second slower than at the semi-final round.
The Jamaican team was made up of Tyquendo Tracey, Odean Skeen, Jevaughn Minzie and Jazeel Murphy.
Another unfortunate mishap stroke the British team as the first leg runner Emmanuel Stephens tripped himself before managing to pass on the baton. Anchored by 100m World champion Adam Gemili, the British team picked up the baton to complete the race in last only to be disqualified by the judges.
Emeterio Valiente for the IAAF