Last Updated on November 16, 2012 by Jimson Lee
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:
I am from the Caribbean and I say go Usain. Give them something to talk about. It is showmanship for the Jamaican but the other Americans who have displayed far worse behavior were praised for it. All talk but Bolt is all lightening.