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Report There were no surprises in the semi

Event Report Men 4x100 Semi Finals

There were no surprises in the semifinals of the men's 4 x 100m relay as all of the strongest teams qualified.
 
In the first heat, Bernard WILLIAMS ran a strong back straight and handed off to Darvis PATTON on the bend who also ran well to see the USA through in first position with a time of 37.99s. Second behind the US team was Jamaica in a national record of 38.45, courtesy of a fast finish from Asafa POWELL. In third place came POLAND, whose fourth runner Marcin JEDRUSINSKI held off Nobuharu ASAHARA of Japan in the final metres.

Japan's time of 38.58 was still enough to make the final, as was the 38.63 national record by the Netherlands.
 
The team from Trinidad and Tobago finished sixth and did not field the young 100m silver medallist Darrel BROWN.
 
The second heat was delayed in order to allow the crowd to settle after they witnessed the last jump from local hero Eunice BARBER. When it did get underway, Christian MALCOLM led off well for Great Britain and his lead was extended by Darren CAMPBELL, brought into the team at the expense of Mark LEWIS-FRANCIS. When Marlon DEVONSIH handed the baton to Dwain CHAMBERS the Brits were through comfortably in 38.26.
 
Brazil's Andre Domingos DA SILVA ran a fast final bend to help his team to second place in 38.50 ahead of Nigeria in 38.58.