Lawrence Earns Bronze with 4x100m Relay Team
(Lawrence ran anchor leg, video time code of 4:52)
BJ Lawrence (left) is joined by teammates on the awards stand with Jamaica in background (Photo by SKNAAA)
BJ Lawrence, a member of the Doane College track & field team, participated this past week at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Lawrence has citizenship with the Caribbean country of St. Kitts-Nevis and ran in the 200m dash and on the 4x100m relay. On Sunday, Lawrence and his teammates brought home a bronze medal in the relay.
On Friday (September 2), Lawrence placed fifth in the third heat of the 200m dash with a time of 21.16. Overall, he took 43rd in the event out of 54 runners over seven heats. The top performance during the prelims was by Jamaica's Usain Bolt as he ran a time of 20.30. Bolt would go on to win the event on Saturday with a time of 19.40.
On Sunday (September 4), the 4x100m relay team placed third in their heat with a time of 38.47 to set a new national record for St. Kitts-Nevis. Their qualifying time was just enough to earn the last spot in the finals.
The World Championships closed with the finals of the 4x100m relay. Jamaica entered as the favorite but had finished second in their heat during the prelims, running without Usain Bolt. Bolt was back for the final race and anchored Jamaica's winning relay team to a world record time of 37.04.
Lawrence had the opportunity to try and chase down the world record holder in the 100m and 200m dashes. He ran his anchor leg in approximately 9.1 seconds to lift St. Kitts-Nevis to the bronze medal. Joining Lawrence on the relay team were Jason Rogers, Kim Collins and Antoine Adams.
Lester Hanley, Vice President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA) had the following to say after the race.
"With this third place finish, we have realized yet another goal of the SKNAAA for the 2011 Athletics season. Now, we turn our focus to finishing the season with a strong showing at the PAN AM Games in Mexico and then on to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, next year."
Lawrence (right) & teammates step to the awards stand to receive their medals (photo - Mark Dadswell, Getty Images)