The women’s 4×400 relay will no longer seek qualification for the Tokyo Olympics in the remainder of the final stage.
The Puerto Rican Athletics Federation (FAPR) has decided that the Puerto Rican quartet of Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Grace Claxton, Gabe Scott and Paris Garcia will focus their attention on the IAAF World Championships, which runs from July 15-24. In Eugene, Oregon.
“We left the 4×400 relay. I had the opportunity to race in Costa Rica in the Cadica (Federation of the Central American Isthmus) competition, but there was no team to compete. In addition, our priority is Jasmine and we have to take it into account and take care of her,” expressed the FAPR President, Louis Diba, to speaker.
Camacho Quinn has already earned her ranking in the women’s 100m hurdles event, being one of the main medal hopes for Puerto Rico at the Olympics.
The star sprinter holds the season’s best record of 12.32 seconds when she specializes.
Diba added that the 4×400 relay competition schedule is “very narrow”, with the qualifying period ending next Tuesday, June 29.
“We decided to postpone until next year the World Athletics Championships. Now the calendar is tight. The marble thing is only for Central American countries and there is no level for running with Jasmine. For this reason, we have decided to expose the relay for next year,” said the federation leader.
Only the top 16 relays qualified for the Olympics, and the top eight secured their tickets for the Doha World Cup in 2019. So far the seeded nations are the United States, Poland, Jamaica, Great Britain, Belgium, Ukraine, the Netherlands and Canada. Cuba, Italy, Germany, France, Belarus, Australia, Switzerland and India were also ranked.
The Indian quartet took the last Olympic position with a time of 3:29.42. Puerto Ricans are ranked 29th in the world rankings of athletics, with their best time of 3:32.03.
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Claxton and Scott, on the other hand, will be seeking Olympic qualification in the 400m hurdles on the final qualifying day at the fifth edition of the Jose Antonio Cansino International Memorial in Castellón, Spain.
Both need to have a minimum mark of 55.40 seconds, because the stake is 40 contenders. Claxton is 44, and his best performance of the season was 56.91; Scott is 65th in the standings with a time of 56.53.
Diba reports that Rob Napolitano Semifundista will confirm the 1500m in Europe. Napolitano needs 3:35.00. The stake is 45 runners. Puerto Rico’s age is 50, with a 3:35.63.
Other athletes waiting to be ranked by standings are Luis Joel Castro (high jump), Rachel de Orbita (20 km walk) and Aiden Owens (decathlon).