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Records tumble at the World Relay Championships

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Jamaica set a new 4X200m world record on the opening night of the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas.

Without the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, training partner Yohan Blake anchored the team home in a time of 1:18.63, beating the previous record by 0.05 seconds.

The USA team had finished second, but were disqualified for an illegal changeover, meaning the Jamaican quartet of Blake, Nickel Ashmeade, Warren Weir and Jermaine Brown were comfortable victors.

The world record was not the first of the day, though. Earlier, a Kenyan 1500m team smashed the previous best by almost 30 seconds.

Mercy Cherono, Faith Kipyegon, Irene Jelagat and Hellen Obiri clocked a time of 16:33.58 to win the rarely held event.

Despite the earlier failure of the US team, there was some success as the women´s 4X100m team stormed to victory in a world-leading time.

LaKeisha Lawson anchored the team, which also contained Tianna Bartoletta, Alexandria Anderson and Jeneba Tarmoh, home in a time of 41.88, with a Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce absent Jamaican team finishing second. Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished fifth in a season´s best time of 42.75.

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