Athletics: Jamaica take advantage of botched baton exchange by US to win 4x200m

Jamaica's 4x200 relay team strike a pose on the medal podium after winning the event at the IAAF World Relays Championships in Nassau Bahamas on May 3, 2015. From left are Nickel Ashmeade, Jason Livermore, Rasheed Dwyer and Warren Weir. -- PHOTO: REU
Jamaica's 4x200 relay team strike a pose on the medal podium after winning the event at the IAAF World Relays Championships in Nassau Bahamas on May 3, 2015. From left are Nickel Ashmeade, Jason Livermore, Rasheed Dwyer and Warren Weir. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Jamaica won the 4x200 metres relay without Usain Bolt as their American rivals dropped the baton at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas on Sunday.

Nickel Ashmeade, Rasheed Dwyer, Jason Livermore and Warren Weir survived a shaky second exchange baton pass to claim the race in one minute, 20.97 seconds.

The Americans were not so fortunate. A marred pass between Isiah Young and Curtis Mitchell on the second exchange sent the baton flying, leading to their disqualification.

Bolt did not run as a precaution, his manager said, after the world's fastest man felt tightness in his hamstring warming up.

Second place went to France and Germany claimed third.

Jamaica's women added to the island nation's delight with a come-from-behind win over the US in their 4x100.

Twice Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown ran down US anchor Carmelita Jeter to bring the Jamaicans home in 42.14 seconds, ahead of the Americans (42.32).