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Covering the World Relays Championship in Nassau

By Giancarlo Colombo, viernes junio 27, 2014
Changeover. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens; the exposure was 1/500sec at f/2.8, ISO 160.

Changeover. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens; the exposure was 1/500sec at f/2.8, ISO 160. © Giancarlo Colombo

If I say Nassau, most people around the world don’t know what I am talking about.

Well, Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas and it is the city that has hosted the first IAAF World Relays Championship; two days in which the most powerful teams battled against each other to win the gold medals and the World Title, but also a qualification for the Beijing World Athletics Championships in 2015.

The atmosphere that we breathed was incredible! You could see local people who tried relay running with other locals; their faces full of joy but also enjoying the madness. The opening ceremony saw lots of songs sung and strange but funny local masks everywhere. Not to mention the beauty of the environment, which words cannot describe.

The races have been great! Even if there weren’t big names such as Usain Bolt or Justin Gatlin, lots of world records have been broken. The USA team had the most wins - five in total - but the fastest team remains Jamaica, because of their victory in the Mens' 4x100 metres, even without Bolt.

Speaking as an Italian my country was represented by four beautiful girls in the 4x400 metres event: Chiara Bazzoni, Maria Enrica Spacca, Elena Bonfanti and Libania Grenot. These girls did really well by coming sixth, because within a breath of seven hundredths of a second, their 3:27:44 time means qualification for the Beijing World Athletics Championship next year. This Italian team has improved over their last performances and ran a race that many relay fans have waited for, for two seasons.

A panning shot of a relay station during a 4x400 metres event. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens; the exposure was 1/25sec at f/20, ISO 160.

A panning shot of a relay station during a 4x400 metres event. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens; the exposure was 1/25sec at f/20, ISO 160. © Giancarlo Colombo

The Italy 4x400 metres Women's team on Nassau beach. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X  with an EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens; the exposure was 1/1328sec at f/4.5, ISO 160.

The Italy 4x400 metres Women's team on Nassau beach. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D X with an EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens; the exposure was 1/1328sec at f/4.5, ISO 160. © Giancarlo Colombo