DOHA, Qatar — On the last day of the 17th IAAF World Championships at Khalifa International Stadium a pair of A&M alums, Fred Kerley and Jessica Beard, claimed gold medals in the 4x400 relays.
Kerley ran the opening leg of the United States men’s 4x400. The Americans posted a world-leading winning time of 2:56.69 as Michael Cherry, Wil London and Rai Benjamin followed Kerley’s leg. Jamaica finished second in 2:57.90 with Belgium third at 2:58.78.
Texas A&M alum Deon Lendore raced on the third leg for Trinidad & Tobago, which finished fifth at 3:00.74.
The Americans’ time was the fastest since the U.S. won gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and the fourth fastest time ever run at the World Outdoor Championships.
The United States women were just as dominant in the 4x400 relay, capturing gold with a world-leading 3:18.92 from a lineup of Phyllis Francis, Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Wadeline Jonathas. Poland ran 3:21.89 as runner-up with Jamaica third in 3:22.37.
Because Beard ran in the semifinal of the women’s 4x400 she earned her second relay gold of the week. Beard was on the U.S. mixed 4x400 relay which claimed gold.
For her career, Beard has earned five relay gold medals and six medals overall from five appearances in the World Outdoor Championships.