04 SEP 2010 Report That an all

EVENT Report - Men's 4x100 Metres Relay

Churandy Martina anchors Team Americas to victory in the men's 4x100m in Split (Getty Images)Churandy Martina anchors Team Americas to victory in the men's 4x100m in Split (Getty Images) © Copyright

That an allstar team of Tyson Gay, Wallace Spearmon, Churandy Martina and Daniel Bailey failed to break 38 seconds in the men’s 4x100m was quite a surprise, but given that they won by more than a second, it was a dominating performance nonetheless.

If any team would struggle with changeovers, it seemed as though it would be Team Americas as they had zero experience of running together as a team, whereas all of the other Continents were represented by national teams. But it was the national teams who struggled.

South Africa, representing Team Africa, had a scrappy first changeover, putting them out of the running from the outset. France, the European Champions with by individual 100m winner Christophe Lemaître, had a poor second exchange and completely messed up on the third, failing to bring the baton home.

US record-holder Gay ran a storming bend to give Team Americas an unassailable lead before handing over to anchor man Martina. The Netherlands Antilles national record-holder brought the baton home safely to clock 38.35, 1.03 ahead of Asia-Pacific (represented by Japan). South Africa clocked 39.82 in third.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF