April 25, 2010
BOLT’S RACERS TEAM LEAVES AMERICANS DISGRUNTLED
Jamaica/Racers 4x100m men's team from left Usain Bolt, Marvin Anderson, Yohan Blake and Mario Forsythe pose after their victory at Penn Relays...Anthony Foster Photo
By Anthony Foster in Philadelphia
Usain Bolt-anchored Racers Track Club team, representing Jamaica Gold, left the Americans disgruntled after their Penn Relays 4×100m win on Saturday.
Four athletes from Kingston-based Racers Track Club, headed by World and Olympic sprint double champion, Usain Bolt, representing Jamaica, destroyed their American counterparts in the USA vs The World men’s 4×100m inside the Franklin Field stadium.
The Jamaicans not only destroyed the field to win, but they broke USA’s meet record of 37.92 by running 37.90secs.
Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson and Mario Forsythe were the other team members.
Shawn Crawford, the 2004 Olympic 200m champion, could not hold back his thoughts during the post race press conference.
“I hate losing, and I hate losing to Jamaica.”
He blamed the team’s defeat on the handoff, even though Jamaica was far from full-strength … as Asafa Powell did not run while Nesta Carter ran on the other team.
“I’m tired of being plagued by messed-up handoffs. We’re better than that, but it seems like the last four years, we’re not better than that.”
Michael Rodgers was also upset, but mainly because Jamaica broke their Penn Relays record in their backyard.
“This is the first time I’ve lost to Jamaica, and they broke our (Penn Relays) record. And they did it on home soil. How would you like it if somebody came in your house and beat you?”