World Athletics Relays: Great Britain among medal threats in Poland

Great Britain’s women are among the main medal contenders when the World Athletics Relays begin in Chorzow, Poland on Saturday.

Zoey Clark, Emily Diamond and Laviai Nielsen were part of the 4x400m quartet that finished fourth in the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

They are joined by Jessie Knight and Ama Pipi who, along with Clark, won European Indoor silver in February.

World and Olympic champions United States are not taking part.

Great Britain have opted not to send any 4x100m teams, but will also compete in the men’s 4x400m and the mixed 400m relay, which will make its debut as an Olympic event in Tokyo this summer.

Britain’s men’s team is led by Dwayne Cowan and Rabah Yousif Bkheit, who were part of the team that won bronze at London 2017.

Joe Brier, Lee Thompson, James Williams, Charlie Dobson, Efe Okoro and Kevin Metzger are also making the trip on the men’s side with Yasmin Liverpool and Jessica Turner completing the women’s squad.

What are the World Athletics Relays?

This is only the fifth staging of the event, with the first being held in Nassau, Bahamas in 2014.

There is some prize money, with $40,000 (£28k) for the winning teams in the 4x100m and 4x400m relay finals.

However the main draw is a chance to sharpen up teamwork under race pressure three months before the Olympics.

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