The IAAF World Relays provides another opportunity to enjoy great sportsmanship from our notable track men and women. In a race, a second or two apart makes a huge difference as it can make you lose a chance on winning a gold medal and leave you hanging on to bronze.
You go into a race with full confidence, hoping to win then you get beaten. There are moments when the world best is taken by a shock after a defeat.There are no do-overs and you might end up traveling back home with nothing to show for your efforts. Let’s take a look at some nail-biting moments during the IAAF World Relays.
1. It was all glorious for Bahamas during the 2014 IAAF World Relay at Bahamas as they maintained the lead in the 4*400 men’s relay from the beginning to the fourth lap, but a few meters to the finish line, Bahamas’ Michael Matthew lost the lead to USA’s Lashawn Merritt.
2. When Distance Medley was added to the IAAF World Relay competition in 2015 at Bahamas, The USA women saw a chance of winning it considering their long standing record and they did not fail to translate that zeal on the tracks as they finished 0.6 seconds earlier than their previous world record. They finished 10:35.50.
3. Jamaica were spot on again in the 2014 IAAF World Relay on the tracks as Yohan Blake finished first in the Men’s 4*200 race breaking the previous world record of 1:18:68 by finishing 0.05 seconds earlier. His record stood same even during the following year’s tournament with no team getting any closer.
4. After losing the gold medal to Jamaica at the 2013 IAAF World Championship, USA came back stronger at the 2013 IAAF world relay to beat Jamaica at a record of 41.88 but that revenge didn’t end as Jamaica regrouped 2 years after and snatched the gold at the 2015 IAAF World relays in the Women’s 4 *100 race.
5. USA’s Ryan Bailey shocked the world when he finished ahead of the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt in the 2015 IAAF World relays at Nassau, with Bailey leaving Usain Bolt 5 meters behind him.