The International Association of Athletics Federations has ratified Jamaica’s world record run of 36.84 in the men’s 4x100m final set at the 2012 London Olympic Games in August.
In the IAAF’s December issue of their online magazine, they ratified Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt blazing time and record. The foursome captured the record and gold medal to defend their 4x100m title at the London Olympics. The previous record was 37.04 seconds, which was set by another Jamaican team earlier this year at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Before the record was set in Daegu, the 2008 Jamaican team anchored by Asafa Powell at the Being Olympic Games set the record with a time of 37.10 seconds.
The IAAF, which is the world sport’s governing body, also ratified three other world records and a junior world record that were set at the London Olympics. They were the men’s 800m, women’s 4x100m relay and the women’s 20k race.
Kenya’s David Rudisha broke his two-year-old record of 1:41.01 seconds in the 800m with a time of 1:40.91 seconds.
Botswana’s 18-year-old Nijel Amos demolished the junior world record in the same race as Rudisha with a time of 1:41.73 seconds. He eclipsed the old record time of 1:42.73 by a full second set by Sudan’s Abubaker Kaki in June 2008 to capture the bronze medal.
The American women’s 4x100m relay team of Tiana Madison, Alyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter and Bianca Knight broke the 27-year-old record of 41.37 seconds set in 1985 by the Germans, with a time of 40.82 seconds.
Jamaica’s 4x100m women team finished second in that race, recording a new national record of 41.41 seconds. The previous record was 41.70 seconds which was set in Daegu earlier this year.
Elena Lashmanova of Russia set the other world record at the Olympics in the 20k walk finishing in one hour, 25 minutes and two seconds.