Yesterday (June 13), Quarrie revealed that there was a rift between two members of the women’s 4×400-metre relay squad just before the running of the final on Sunday.
Speaking on TVJ, Quarrie said he had to intervene to prevent a confrontation between Shericka Jackson and Stephenie Ann McPherson, two members of the MVP Track Club.
He had explained that after he intervened, one of the athletes said she would not run with her team member.
McPherson was subsequently diagnosed with an injury and withdrawn from the team by relay coach Paul Francis.
Now, the technical leader seems to be questioning the authenticity of the information he was given. Without going into details, Quarrie shared that the argument started because of uniforms.
“It (argument) started with a uniform thing, and I don’t remember exactly why, because when it was beginning, I made sure I got in there to keep things normal. It escalated a little bit, but the main thing I was concerned about was keeping them apart,” said Quarrie.
Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby was a last minute replacement for McPherson in the line-up alongside Chrisann Gordon, Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills. The former Holmwood athlete however, suffered a leg injury 100m into her second-leg run before crashing to the ground and ending Jamaica’s hopes of defending the title.
The event was won by the United States in a world leading 3:19.02 seconds.