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Jenna Prandini, right, of Clovis hugs a teammate after the U.S. wins the 4 x 100 relay world championship in Eugene, Oregon. (YouTube/Screen Capture)
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With Jenna Prandini of Clovis running the third leg, the U.S. women stunned Jamaica to win the 4 x 100-meter relay at the World Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

The Americans finished in  The U.S. prevailed by four hundredths in 41.14 seconds on Saturday, beating a Jamaican quartet that included Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, and Elaine Thompson-Herah, who swept the individual 100 medals earlier in the meet.

Melissa Jefferson of the United States ran the fastest opening leg and the Americans led the Jamaicans by .24 seconds when Prandini took the baton from Abby Steiner. Prandini kept the lead and anchor TeeTee Terry sealed the victory for the United States.

“It means everything to bring the gold back to America,” Prandini said during an on-track interview following the race at Hayward Stadium, the renovated 25,000-seat gem at the University of Oregon. Prandini starred for Oregon after a dominating prep career at Clovis High School.

 

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Backed by their home fans, the Americans put on a dazzling performance highlighted by Sydney McLaughlin’s shattering of her own world record in the 400-meter hurdles. McLaughlin also anchored a 4 x 400 relay victory for the U.S.

“We’re deep,” McLaughlin said. “We have a lot of really amazing athletes and we all put our 100% best out there every time we perform.”

The meet served as a reminder of Prandini’s world-class speed as she added a world gold medal to the Olympic silver she won on the 4 x 100 relay last August in Tokyo. In that race, the Jamaicans defeated the Americans. Prandini also took home a world championship silver medal on the 4 x 100 relay in 2015 at Beijing.

Prandi is a two-time national 200 champion,  two-time NCAA long jump champion, and the 2015 NCAA 100 champion.

Gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin, of the United States, poses by a sign after winning the final of the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the World Track and Field  Championships on Friday, July 22, 2022, in Eugene, Oregon. (AP/Ashley Landis)

(Associated Press contributed to this story.)

 

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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