Is Thompson-Herah To Be Blamed For “4×1 Relay Disaster”?

The host of TVJ’s Sports Commentary, Oral Tracey, shared his thoughts on what was dubbed the ‘4x1relay disaster’.

During a video recently released on his youtube channel, the veteran commentator shared his two cents about the recent 4x100m relay run by Shericka Jackson, Kemba Nelson, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Tracey called the second place finish the biggest giveaway in athletics history and said “it was hurting to the eye fi watch”

A seemingly confused and upset Tracey delved into the issues that he and some thought were what kept the aforementioned sprinters from winning gold. He spoke briefly about what some called a poor lineup change when Kemba Nelson replaced Briana Williams, who was a part of the quartet that won gold in the 4x100m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But Tracey did not fully support that narrative saying that Nelson’s personal best of 10.88 beat Williams’ 10.94 at the national trials.

Tracey instead blamed the poor change of the baton throughout the race, specifically that of Nelson to Thompson-Herah. The outspoken commentator said that Thompson-Herah pulled a “kindergarten mistake” and “run lef di batn” According to Tracey, Thompson-Herah clearly missed her marker, running off too soon and the blame should not be placed on Nelson. The sometimes controversial Tracey said that Thompson-Herah “affi guh tek some beatn fi dah one ya” and that “someone need fi gi Elaine some bigga brighta mawka…sumn weh glow in a di sunshine” because he was not sure if she was seeing properly.

Tracey did go on to express his hopes of a better performance at next year’s World Championships as well as the next summer Olympics in Paris 2024.

Watch the full video below.

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