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VI drops baton in B Final of IAAF World Relays in Bahamas

The point where Team VI blundered and missed out on gold in the B Final at the IAAF/BTC World Relay Championships held on April 22 and 23, 2017 in the Bahamas. Photo: Youtube
Heartache for Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott (left) and Ashley N. Kelly (2nd from left). Photo: Youtube
Heartache for Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott (left) and Ashley N. Kelly (2nd from left). Photo: Youtube
NASSAU, Bahamas, WI- It was on Monday April 23, 2017 that a serious error cost team Virgin Islands (VI) a gold at the 2017 IAAF/BTC World Relay Championships held on April 22 and 23, 2017 in the Bahamas.

The event carried live on local TV station CBN Channel 51 saw participation from a local team made up of female sprint stars Nelda Huggins, Ashley N. Kelly, Chantel E. Malone, Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott, Karene K. R. King and L't'sha Fahie.

Baton dropped

While participating in the B Finals of the 4x100m event, which took place on Sunday April 23, 2017 the team, which was given a perfect start by the 20-year-old Nelda Huggins, was holding a slight lead up to the top bend when disaster struck.

Second leg runner Harrigan-Scott was flying down the track to pass the baton on to Kelly when the baton ended up hitting the ground as there appeared to be a blunder on the changeover.

Therefore, it resulted in the race being incomplete by the VI team.

The team had also made it to the finals in the 4x200m relay race, securing 7th place.

In interviews following the race with local Bahamian media, Ms King expressed her delight in representing the VI and commended the team’s effort.

The veteran sprinter Mrs Harrigan-Scott, said, "We went in there thinking that we can make it, all the girls gave their best effort and were able to reach the finals."

Many residents expressed to our newsroom their disappointment as it was gold being snatched away in a few seconds live; however, still commended Team VI for an outstanding performance.

See link (2 hours, 40 mins, 39 seconds into video) for 4X100m Women’s B Final at 2017 IAAF/BTC World Relay Championships:

15 Responses to “VI drops baton in B Final of IAAF World Relays in Bahamas”

  • i from here (25/04/2017, 16:49) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Lord O. I watch it over and over. (25/04/2017, 16:51) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sad so sad. They would have won that race. Both of them are to blame. Seems like they forgot the hand they had to use for the exchange.. Things happen. It happens to the best teams.. My advice will be to stay focus. You all are improving...
  • Handle (25/04/2017, 17:41) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    They did well despite that error. Clearly, the wrong hand was outstretched to receive the baton. I wish them nothing but the best in the future.
  • cay (25/04/2017, 18:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    W almost did it!
  • fish (25/04/2017, 20:17) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    So all the People saying that they were wrong they let us down...
  • Aaaawwww (25/04/2017, 23:42) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The correct hand was extended. The curve runner carries the baton in the right
    It is right, left, right, left. Just a mental error. A very costly one. Things happen
  • faith (26/04/2017, 00:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    good job ladies next will be greater than now
  • DON Q (26/04/2017, 09:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Better luck next time!
  • ayo need to drop ayo bad habbits (26/04/2017, 09:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    it look like we were infront up to that point
  • clap clap (26/04/2017, 09:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come on gyals better luck next time.
  • de silent one (27/04/2017, 16:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its a great effort on their part and should be commended for such. They need to put more work into the mechanics of the relay in the baton passing and other details of running a successful race.
  • wow (28/04/2017, 00:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seasoned professional runner handing off in wrong hand...time to retire

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