When I wrote “Jamaica 4Ã—100m Relay Potential – A Sub 37 Second WR?”, it was before the USA Olympic trials where 6 Americans ran sub 10 seconds 100 meters performances (with a wind of +4 m/s).
No doubt this relay will be a hot ticket item in Beijing.
But if you look at the latest IAAF qualifiers (PDF file), I was surprised to see how close the USA and Jamaica team stacks up against each other based on their 2 best times (37.94 vs. 37.96)
Japan is a surprising 4th, because Japan is not known for their powerhouse of deep sprinters.
It just shows you need 3 crisp clean passes and taking advantage of the “free distance” in the baton passes.
Canada sits in 10th spot, so advancing to the Finals will be a challenge.
Host country China ranks 15th out of 16 teams, but I don’t think the packed “Bird’s Nest” stadium will care.
And what about Great Britain? Will they allow Dwain Chambers?
Here is the women’s rankings: