News25 Jul 2010

Men's 4x400m relay final


With gold in the men's 4x400m, Team USA secure a sweep of all the relays for the third time in World Junior history (© Getty Images)

The United States of America completed a sweep of all four relay titles here in Moncton as the men’s 4x400m team of Joshua Mance, Errol Nolan, David Verburg and Michael Berry clocked a new World Junior leading time 3:04.76.

Such has been the Americans domination in the event that this was the country’s eleventh title and fifth consecutive in the history in the event, the USA only losing out on the title in 1998 and 2000.

It was a start to finish win for the Americans who lined up their two best quarter milers in the two opening legs. Once individual finalist Mance had securely handed over in an unofficial split time 46.7 to bronze medallist Nolan (45.5) all that was left for Verburg and Berry was to hold on for dear life.

The interesting battle was being fought for the minor medals with teams of Great Britain, Nigeria and Jamaica battling out for silver and bronze.

Tobi Ogunmola positioned the Africans in second, a position Nigeria would eventually held to the finish as the team clocked a new national junior record 3:06.36 in the process.

Running a tremendous third leg Jermaine Gayle put Jamaica back in third but anchor leg Jack Green who was handed the baton four metres adrift the Jamaicans ran the race of his life to eventually secure the bronze medal for Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 3:06.49.

Jamaica had to be content with fourth in 3:07.36 with fast finishing Takatoshi Abe putting Japan in fifth in 3:07.94.

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