Saturday, 14 July 2012

[London 2012] Today's question (9)

Today I return to Athletics - track:

Which Men team will win the 4x100 Relay?

This is another event with full audience. For the ones which don't know, the 4x100 Relay means that 4 men are running 100 m each and exchanging the baton in between. The best teams are as always Jamaica, USA and maybe Great Britain and France.

Jamaica has the best sprinters in the world at the moment: Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell. Nesta Carter can be added to this list to complete the "dream team". You can read more about them in my first Olympic question of the day. USA will set their hopes on Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay. France relies mostly on Christophe Lemaitre, who is an excellent European sprinter.

At the last year's World Championships of Daegu, the Jamaican team won by setting a new World Record of 37.04 thanks to Usain Bolt. USA and Great Britain were disqualified, because before the final hand-off Darvis Patton of USA hit Harry Aikines-Aryeetey of GB and fell on the ground, as you can see in the next video:

Thanks to these (un)fortunate events, France came in second place and the national team of Saint Kitts and Nevis (I bet some of you didn't know this country exists :)) ) took an historical Bronze medal! This is the kind of race where you cannot be sure you will win it, because one moment of lack of concentration can ruin everything. You can be disqualified even if you step out of your lane while running!

My answer for today is: Jamaica. If nothing gets wrong, I cannot see another team beating them. They can defend their Olympic title won 4 years ago at Beijing, followed by Trinidad and Tobago and Japan. USA didn't finish the race in the semifinals, doing another mistake. I am wondering if they will be able to concentrate and finish the final this time. The second place would be for them and the third place for France.

Final: Saturday, 11.08, 9:00 PM


  1. Current answers: Andreea Elena (Facebook): Jamaica

  2. Jamaica won with World Record!!! Nesta Carter and Michael Frater (JAM) were surpassed by USA's Trell Kimmons and Justin Gatlin, but Yohan Blake (JAM) was faster than Tyson Gay (USA) and Usain Bolt run as fast as usual, finishing for the first time under 37". Nothing to do for Ryan Bailey, even if he ran very fast, too. Results:
    1. Jamaica: 36.84" (World Record)
    2. USA: 37.04" (National Record and previous WR)
    3. Trinidad & Tobago: 38.12"