A 26-strong British squad has been named for the event in Yokohama
A 26-strong British team featuring athletes to have claimed seven Olympic, 17 world and 21 European relay medals has been named for the IAAF World Relays taking place in Yokohama, Japan, on May 11-12.
Adam Gemili, Asha Philip, Martyn Rooney and Eilidh Doyle are among those to have been selected for the event which will see GB teams compete in the 4x100m, 4x400m and mixed 4x400m. GB will not field teams in the 4x200m, shuttle hurdles or 2x2x400m relays.
In the men’s 4x100m squad, Gemili is joined by his fellow 2017 world relay gold medallists Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and CJ Ujah, plus fellow 2018 European champion Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, European 100m silver medallist Reece Prescod and former world indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty.
In the women’s 4x100m, Olympic bronze medallists from 2016 and world silver medallists from 2017 Philip, Desiree Henry, and Daryll Neita will be joined by 2018 European champion Bianca Williams, 2014 European champion Ashleigh Nelson and double world under-20 bronze medallist Kristal Awuah.
European champions Dina Asher-Smith and Zharnel Hughes will not compete, having been given permission by British Athletics to miss the event “in line with their individual competition plans for the 2019 season”.
In the women’s 4x400m, Doyle, Emily Diamond and Anyika Onuora all have Olympic bronze medals from 2016 and earn selection alongside Finette Agyapong, Amy Allock, Zoey Clark and Laviai Nielsen.
Rooney – who is the most decorated athlete on the team alongside Doyle with seven major outdoor relay medals – is the seventh Olympic medallist selected following his 4x400m bronze from 2008 and he headlines a 4x400m squad including fellow 2017 world bronze medallists Dwayne Cowan, Rabah Yousif and Matthew Hudson-Smith.
The 14 athletes selected across the men’s and women’s 4x400m are the athletes from which the team for the mixed 4x400m will be selected, with that event being introduced to the IAAF World Championships schedule for the first time in Doha this year.
“We are extremely proud of the successes of our relay teams over the past three years and our athletes take each and every opportunity to compete on the international stage incredibly seriously, as proven by the sheer strength of the team selected for Yokohama,” said British Athletics performance director Neil Black.
“We expect our athletes to continue that tradition of success in Japan and guarantee qualification for all five events for the IAAF World Championships later in the year. The introduction of the mixed 4x400m for Doha is something we are all excited about and we look forward to testing our skills in that event.
“The IAAF World Relays provides us with a great opportunity as we prepare for not only Doha but also for the Olympic Games, which we all know are also being held in Japan in 2020. The opportunity to train and compete in Japan 14 months before the Games is invaluable to all those selected.”
4x100m: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Adam Gemili, Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Reece Prescod, CJ Ujah
4x400m: Cameron Chalmers, Dwayne Cowan, Matthew Hudson-Smith, Martyn Rooney, Jamal Rhoden-Stevens, Owen Smith, Rabah Yousif
4x100m: Kristal Awuah, Desiree Henry, Daryll Neita, Ashleigh Nelson, Asha Philip, Bianca Williams
4x400m: Finette Agyapong, Amy Allcock, Zoey Clark, Emily Diamond, Eilidh Doyle, Laviai Nielsen, Anyika Onuora