Barbados men in 4×100 metres final
TEAM BARBADOS are through to the finals of the men’s 4×100 metres in the IAAF/BTC World Relays in The Bahamas.
Earlier tonight, the quartet of Mario Burke, Ramon Gittens, Nicholas Deshong and Burkheart Ellis Jr clocked 39.26 seconds in the third and final heat, running out of lane eight.
The second place finish behind Great Britain (38.32) was an automatic qualifying spot to the final as the only Caribbean team.
Jamaica came in as one of the favourites – even with the retirement of Usain Bolt – but a mix-up between Kemar Bailey-Cole and Jevaughn Minzie on the second exchange doomed their chances.
The Bahamas (39.36), Trinidad and Tobago (39.44), St Kitts and Nevis (39.81) did not qualify, while Antigua and Barbuda also failed to finish.
The race is expected to come down to a straight tussle between Canada (38.21) and the United States (38.22) as Canadian anchor Andre DeGrasse set tongues wagging, overhauling American Justin Gatlin in their heat, to throw down the gauntlet for the final at 10:36 p.m. (SAT)