World Relays start today in Bahamas | Sport

The two-day World Athletics Relays start tonight in the Bahamas, with Jamaica having teams in all five scheduled events.

The action starts at 6.05pm (Jamaica time) with the heats of the 4x400m mixed relay. Jamaica are running in heat one, with their main rivals being the Dominican Republic, Netherlands and host nation Bahamas. Favorites the United States will run in heat two.

A lot of attention will be paid to the Jamaican women’s and men’s teams in the 4×100 meters. Most of the island’s top female sprinters are not in the Bahamas and they will struggle to get a medal in an event where the United States has sent a strong team. The U.S. team will include four of the athletes who helped their country to the top of the podium in Budapest: individual 200-meter silver medalist Gabby Thomas and Tamari Davis, both of whom competed in the final, will be joined by heatrunners Tamara Clark and Melissa Jefferson.

The Jamaican team is led by Natasha Morrison and Remona Burchell and should also include rising sprinter Alana Reid. Jamaica will start in heat two after the United States takes the track in heat one. The first heat is scheduled for 6:53 PM Jamaica time.

On the men’s side, Jamaica will have a reasonably strong team. The roster includes world indoor bronze medalist Ackeem Blake, world finalist Ryiem Forde and World University Games champion Kadrian Goldson. Jamaica will line up against Canada and Australia in heat three, while their main rivals, the United States, are in heat one. The opening heat for the men starts at 7:27 PM Jamaica time.

The heats of the 4×400 meters women and men will also be held this evening from 8:01 Jamaica time.