GB women’s 4x100m team to miss IAAF World Relays

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A hotly tipped women’s 4x100m relay team, participating for Great Britain, has been ruled out of the IAAF World Relays due to injuries amongst the team. If they were to compete and win it would qualify them for the World Championships later in August.

The country we live in today is renowned for top class runners who are nothing short of fantastic, so it’s a major blow to women’s athletics that they’re not able to compete. A lot of the females running the 4x100m relay are idols to most female athletes.

British Athletics performance director, Neil Black, said: “There is just simply no point or need to take unnecessary risks for the event.” He also went on to say later in the interview: “All of our decisions here at British Athletics are made with a long-term view of having our top athletes fit and competing to win medals in front of a home crowd in London.”

Although this is a blow to GB Athletics, it is certainly not the end of the world as Great Britain automatically go through in every area of track and field as hosts of the event in August. Despite this being a factor, every athlete will want to prove themselves in qualifying so it can intimidate other competitors from around the world when it comes to the championships.

Olympic bronze medalist Daryll Neita and Desiree Henry are in the bracket of injured as Neita is battling a knee problem while Henry is fighting a hamstring issue.

Some may see the situation as a farce because it seems like sports stars across the globe are injured all of the time but the reason British Athletics have chosen to back out this time is because it is not safe for them to run or even train while carrying an injury.

The committee for British Athletics have called the decision a ‘precautionary’ move but a safe one too as it preserves the athletes and lets them rests before August when the ‘big dogs’ come to town.


Will, YJA Sports Correspondent

Senior Young Journalist

Year 6, Heighington Millfield Primary Academy

2 Responses to GB women’s 4x100m team to miss IAAF World Relays

  1. Charlie April 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Oh no! Great article, it’s just a shame that the team is not able to participate in the race.

  2. charlie April 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Amazing article Will, I can’t believe that our team can’t be part of the running race.