#ReadySetRio: Today’s Olympics schedule for Jamaican athletes

Sports August 18, 2016

(FromL) Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson, Jamaica’s Annsert Whyte and South Africa’s L. J. Van Zyl compete in the Men’s 400m Hurdles Semifinal during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. (Photo: AFP) RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The men’s and women’s 4x100m relays kick off today as Usain Bolt seeks to cement his legacy of sporting immortality with an Olympic triple-triple.

Meanwhile, national champion Annsert Whyte hunts the 400m gold at 10:00 am after lowering his personal best for the second time in two days, clocking 48.32 seconds to win his semi-final round yesterday. Then, Leah Nugent, Ristananna Tracey and Janieve Russell will all take their places in the 400m hurdles, the first time in the history of Jamaica’s participation in the Olympic Games (first time 1948) that the country will have this distinct honour. The stage is set for an epic race at 8:15 pm (Jamaica time) as Nugent is drawn in lane two; Tracey gets lane seven with Russell outside her in lane eight.

 MORNING SESSION 

Men’s Shot Put (Qualifications) 7:55 am

O’Dayne Richards

Women’s 4x100m Relay (Round One) 9:20 am

(Athletes: Simone Facey to Sashalee Forbes to Veronica Campbell-Brown to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce )

Men’s 4x100m Relay (Round One) 9:40 am

(Athletes: Jevaughn Minzie to Asafa Powell to Nickel Ashmeade to Kemar Bailey-Cole)

Men’s 400m Hurdles (Final)  10:00AM

Annsert Whyte

EVENING SESSION

Men’s Shot Put (Final) 6:30 pm

Women’s 400m Hurdles (Final) 8:15 pm

Leah Nugent, Ristananna Tracey and Janieve Russell

Men’s 200m (Final) 8:30 pm

Usain Bolt

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