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AUDIO: Altercation Cost Jamaica A 4×400 Medal

The Jamaican Athletes in London found the going tough since the start of the World World Athletic Championships two weeks ago.

Disappointments reigned instead of medals.

However; the final day when Jamaica could have easily defended it’s 4×400 title, personality got in the way.

The Jamaican technical leader in London Don Quarrie,says there was a rift between two members of the women’s 4×400-metre relay squad just before the running of the final on Sunday.

Speaking on TVJ, Quarrie,  said he had to intervene to prevent a confrontation between Shericka Jackson and Stephenie Ann McPherson, two members of the MVP Track Club.

The technical leader further explained that after he intervened, one of the athletes said she would not run with her team member.

AUDIO: Recorded From TVJ’s Live Coverage


Quarrie said shortly he was advised that McPherson, who was down to run in the final, had pulled out of the team because of injury.

After McPherson withdrew Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby was brought into the team.

However, it was not be be as McLaughlin-Whilby, on the second leg,  pulled up with an injury shortly after receiving the baton from Christian Gordon and Jamaica failed to finish the race.

The other member of the quartet was Novlene Williams-Mills.

Whether there is an injury or not, what took place today must be dealt with.

All members of the team declined to give an interview, their faces showed visible disappointment and understandably so.

This would have been Williams-Mill last World Championships.


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