Fast relay finish
16 April, 2018, 12:00 am
WORLD champion Justin Gatlin and his teammates sped to the year’s fastest 4×100 metres relay on Saturday, clocking 38.08 seconds at the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville.
Indoor 60 metres world-record holder Christian Coleman, Gatlin, Ronnie Baker and Mike Rodgers combined to supplant the previous 2018 best of 38.13 seconds that England ran earlier in the day to win the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Organisers had hoped the newly formed team would challenge the American record of 37.38 seconds set twice by US national teams with Gatlin a member each time.
But windy conditions, the earliness of the season and the lack of training together hindered the effort.
“I thought we could have broke 38 (seconds) if we did not have that headwind,” Gatlin told Reuters. “We wanted to play it safe on that backstretch from second to third (runners) because of the wind.