Kenya bags bronze as IAAF World relays curtains come down in Japan

Kenya clocked 3:19.43 to win bronze in mixed 4X400  relay competition at the ongoing IAAF World Relays Championships in Yokohama, Japan on Sunday.

The country was represented in the race by Jared Momanyi, Maureen Nyatichi, Hellen Syombua and Haron Koech  whose effort realised six points.

Joanna Atkins steered USA to victory in 3:16.43 as Canada ended the tape in 3:18.15 to bag silver.

Kenya is currently ranked ninth on 11 points while USA are commanding the log on 47.

At the same time, USA was dominant in the opening day on Saturday- capping mixed shuttles hurdles relay, in what turned out to be just a two-team final. 

Injuries to Andrew Riley and Norman Pittersgill kept Jamaica from the start line and a false start by lead off Brianna Beahan left Australia out of the running before they even began.

That left only the US and Japan to vie for the inaugural title, with Asian champion Ayako Kimura lining up against world indoor silver medallist Christina Clemons. 

Energised by the vocal crowd, Kimura got Japan off to a solid start, beating Clemons, who was running with red chopsticks in her hair, to the first exchange by about two metres.

Running back towards the finish, Shunya Takayama extended the host’s lead, but that would-be challenge came to an abrupt end midway through leg three when Sharika Nelvis powered by Masumi Aoki with anchor Devon Allen patiently looking on. 

The Rio Olympic finalist then took command, extending the lead en route to a 54.96 performance to secure the US$50,000 first place prize for his team, more than half a second ahead of Japan, who collected $30,000.


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