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Monday, April 28, 2008

Jamaica Upset United States in Penn Relay

Jamaica's Marvin Anderson, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter and Dwight Thomas finished in 39.04 seconds. Powell, the world-record holder in the 100, withdrew Friday, citing a chest muscle injury.
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Jamaicans flocked to the City of Brotherly Love for the races, transforming the Relays into a Jamaican Jamfest, replete with beef patties on sale at concession stands and Air Jamaica signs lining the infield. The marquee event, which was nationally televised, was billed as the United States versus the world, featuring American Olympians Allyson Felix, Shawn Crawford and Lauryn Williams.

The American professionals ran Jamaica off the track in both the men's and women's races, it was the high school 4x400 meter relay that elicited the crowd's attention. "When the Jamaicans are in the stands, they are whooping and getting crazy waiting for someone to get caught from behind," said Felix, the 2004 Athens Olympic 200 meter silver medalist. "It gets so loud you don't know where you are on the 400. Most of all, you don't want to hear the whoop."



Cheered on by thousands of countrymen waving green-black-and-yellow flags and blowing horns in the Franklin Field crowd of 49,831, Jamaica also won the women's sprint medley. In the nine years of "USA vs. the World," the only other time Jamaica is listed as having won two events is 2001, when its 1,600 women's team crossed the finish line second to a Marion Jones-led U.S. team that was later stripped of its first-place finish.


Jamaica 's Calabar , St. Jago and Manchester High also did well and claimed championship of American titles at the Relays.

Congrats, wonderful job to all teams that participated

Source: sports illustrated

1 comment:

ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID said...

Congrats to C'Bar,Jago and Chesta for winninh their respective relays.