A 22-strong GB team has been selected for the event in the Bahamas in May
Asha Philip, Jodie Williams, Richard Kilty, Jack Green and Eilidh Child are among those to form part of the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team for the IAAF Relays in Nassau, Bahamas on May 2-3.
British Athletics has selected 22 athletes for 4x100m and 4x400m teams at the event, with the governing body noting the absence of a number of the nation’s top sprinters due to “managing the risk surrounding a number of minor injuries” or university exams and summer outdoor preparation plans.
GB will not be sending teams to contest the 4x200m, 4x800m or distance medley events.
Philip and Jodie Williams will be joined by Margaret Adeoye, Ashleigh Nelson, Anyika Onuora and Bianca Williams on the women’s 4x100m team.
World and European indoor 60m champion Kilty is named on the men’s 4x100m team alongside Roy Ejiakuekwu, James Ellington, Andy Robertson, Sean Safo-Antwi and Danny Talbot.
There is GB return for Green who features in a men’s 4x400m squad along with George Caddick, Martyn Rooney, Conrad Williams, Delano Williams and Rabah Yousif, while the women’s 4x400m team includes Adeoye, Seren Bundy-Davies, Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Kelly Massey and Onuora.
“We are looking to build on our relay success from 2014 and these championships will once again provide a vital opportunity to prepare teams for the 2015 World Championships and beyond,” said British Athletics performance director Neil Black.
With the top eight teams in both the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m events automatically qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games, Black added: “It is also a gateway to qualify for Rio 2016. These World Relay Championships will also give us a chance to look at the depth of the squads as a number of athletes have not been available for selection. I’m looking forward to see how some of the athletes take this opportunity on the world stage.
“I’m sure the team will rise to the occasion of these unique relay championships in the wonderful Caribbean setting of the Bahamas.”
Athletes listed as being unavailable for selection included Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Dina Asher-Smith, James Dasaolu, Adam Gemili, Desiree Henry, Matthew Hudson-Smith, Christine Ohuruogu and Chijindu Ujah.
Great Britain & Northern Ireland team for the IAAF World Relays