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Australia third overall at IAAF World Relays

25 April 2017

ATHLETICS: Team Australia has finished an outstanding third overall at the IAAF World Relays, with top-five finishes by the women’s 4x400m relay, the men’s 4x800m relay and mixed 4x400m relay closing out an amazing two-day campaign for the green and gold in Nassau (BAH).

Competing in the round-of-eight after automatically progressing through the rounds yesterday, the women’s 4x400m relay were once again led out by the national champion Morgan Mitchell (Vic, split: 51.71), who handed the baton to Anneliese Rubie (NSW, split: 52.26).

Rubie was clipped on the bend but kept her feet to hand to Caitlin Sargent-Jones (Qld, split: 52.60), with the Rio 2016 Olympic finalist replacing 200m specialist Ella Nelson (NSW) in the final.

As America streaked away to a commanding lead, Olivia Tauro (NSW, split: 52.23) stepped up to battle and was impressive, closing the gap to those in the mix for medals before crossing 5th in a season best 3:28.80.

Team Australia missed the bronze medal by a mere 0.31 seconds, with second and 5th split by just 0.52 seconds.

The men’s 4x800m relay was led out by Joshua Ralph (NSW), with the national championship medallist clocking 1:48.31 for his two laps before Jordan Williamsz (Vic, split: 1:50.13) and James Gurr (NSW, split: 1:51.14) delivered.

Australian champion Luke Mathews (Vic) ran the last leg, holding off a gallant Mexico on the straight to cross the line in 7:20.10. The gold medal was won by America, with Kenya and Poland completing the top-three.

Rounding out the Australians in action were Mason Cohen (NSW), Alicia Keir (NSW), Ella Nelson (NSW) and Ralph in the mixed 4x400m relay, with the quartet clocking 3:23.14 to place fifth.

Team Australia finished third overall, on 24 points, as America won the Golden Baton with 60 points. Jamaica held on to the second spot with 39 points.

Athletics Australia

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