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Three Aggie sprinters advance to relay finals at Commonwealth Games

August 01, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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GLASGOW, Scotland – Three Aggies were part of relays teams during the prelims held Friday at Hampden Park Stadium in the Commonwealth Games and each advanced to Saturday’s finals. The trio included Janeil Bellille as part of Trindad & Tobago’s 4x400, Dominique Duncan with Nigeria’s 4x100 and Shavez Hart with the Bahamas 4x100.

Saturday’s finals in the relays begin with the women’s 4x400 at 1:50 p.m. CT with the women’s 4x100 set for 2:50 p.m. and the men’s 4x100 the last final at 3:15 p.m.

Hart ran the third leg on a national record performance by the Bahamas in the men’s 4x100 relay. They finished third in 38.52 seconds, which improved upon the previous national record of 38.70 set in Moscow, Russia, during the prelims of the 2013 World Championships when Hart anchored the squad.

Even with the fast time, Bahamas advanced to the final as a time qualifier as the top two automatic qualifying positions in the first heat were claimed by Trinidad & Tobago (38.33) and Canada (38.41).

In the second heat the top two finishers were Jamaica (38.99) and Nigeria (39.11). The third heat was won by England (38.78) over South Africa (38.91) with Antigua & Barbuda (39.48) advancing on time.

In the women’s 4x400 relay Bellille ran the third leg for Trinidad & Tobago as they placed third in 3:33.26 to earn an automatic advancement to the final. Jamaica won the heat in 3:28.29 while Australia finished second in 3:32.40. Scotland placed fourth behind Trinidad in 3:33.91.

Dominique Duncan, who placed sixth in her 200m semifinal with a time of 23.88 on Thursday, cruised on her third leg through the curve of the women’s 4x100 as Nigeria claimed their heat in the fastest time recorded in a qualifying round in the Commonwealth Games with a 44.13. That time was topped by Jamaica in the next heat with a 42.44.

Australia (44.45) and Trinidad & Tobago (44.47) finished behind Nigeria in the first heat with Bahamas (44.50) in fourth and India (44.81) fifth. Finishing behind Jamaica in the next heat were England (43.33) and Canada (43.66).

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