China take women's 4X100m bronze at IAAF World Relays

Indo Asian News Service

Nassau (Bahamas), April 24 (IANS) China collected their second bronze medal at the 2017 IAAF World Relays here as their women's 4X100m team clocked a season best of 43.11 seconds.

In the heats round, China fielded the same squad as they did at the Olympic Games in Rio last summer. The quartet consisting of Youth Olympics 100m gold medalist Liang Xiaojing, Wei Yongli, Ge Manqi and Yuan Qiqi clocked 43.90s to finish second behind the US team in the first heat group here on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency.

China replaced third leg Ge with Tao Yujia in the final. Yuan held off a strong challenge from Naomi Sedney of the Netherlands in the final leg to clinch the bronze medal.

Germany took an upset victory in 42.84s. Jamaica trailed 0.11 seconds to finish second. Pre-race favourites USA failed to finish after first leg runner Tianna Bartoletta slipped coming off the first turn and tumbled to the track.

The Chinese men's 4X200m team also entered the final and clocked 1:22:91 to finish sixth.

--IANS

ajb/dg