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  • oxfan
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    Worth noting that there is the mixed 4x400. It might be worth sending 2 men to run this with the women not in the individual team.

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  • marra
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    I think in order of likelihood of medals you would say the two 4x100m teams are way out in front of the two 4x400m teams. The women are obviously the stronger bet but if the men are well drilled there's a medal to be had there. If you look at 2019, neither Kilty nor NMB were there individually and had been solid, if not world beating that season. But the team still set a ER in the WC final and obviously we have the 2017 gold as well. If they go in with the right mindset, you would say silver or bronze is not unreasonable. Can't see the US losing that unless they drop the baton.

    If the women's 4x400m were to get a bronze I would be surprised but not shocked. If the men were to do the same, I would have to buy a hat to eat it. That being said, they qualified and should send a team. Like the Aussie who won the speed skating back in the day, everyone else could fall over...

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  • carterhatch
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    UK Relays - State of Play

    Getting to the point where we need to discuss relays.

    Women’s
    100m – Daryl Neita and Imani Lansiquot have both found good form and with DASHER, assured of course, who is likely to be the fourth member. I suspect for Asha Philip this might be the last time before she hands over the baton for good, some might argue for Kristal Awuah , but I am yet to be convinced, or might Amy Hunt, now that academic studies are finished for the year, make her claim, or Beth Dobbin on the curve? A couple of ‘relay funded’ athletes, Bianca Williams and Ashleigh Nelson, might compel the selectors to include them, or how about Desiree Henry returning from a long absence Get the line up right, and there is a medal to be had at Tokyo.

    400m – A really positive start to the year for the ladies, with so many showing good form which can only be a plus for the relay. Too early to really say what the line up might be, and I feel it does rather depend on what the two involved in the NCAA have left in the tank, but a strong squad can do enough to qualify for the final and still allow Jodie Williams and Laviai Neilsen to try and go deep on the individual. A medal, probably bronze, is likely the best outcome possible.

    Men’s

    100m – Hmm... even if Prescod magics up a sub 10 he doesn’t seem to get involved in relays, but I could be wrong. CJ Ujah return to form is welcome, and I suspect Zarnel Hughes will be available for relays (see my note on 400), but NMB hasn’t been running, and Gemili’s hamstrings make me nervous... Francis, Kilty, Talbot are on relay funding but I wouldn’t be shocked if none of them get to Tokyo. I don’t think they are going to reach the heights of recent epic moments but some well drilled last minute practice might put them in the mix and you have to be in it to win it (though see my note on 400).

    400m - UK Swimming aren’t taking a women’s 4 x200 freestyle relay team to Tokyo, despite having recently won the European title. UK Athletics might consider taking a similar approach, or, certainly forget the ‘funded’ relay athletes and adopt a radical ‘refresh’ with a team of ‘800m’ runners who miss out on trials ... only partly kidding. I would normally advocate taking a team of young runners for ‘experience’ but frankly, the standard is so poor it would mean taking 4 athletes for just one unremarkable qualifier. How about a team from those already there? MHS, although rarely has a good relay, but likely to be only one to make the individual, a hurdles runner, if any go, who is reasonable on the flat, a 200 runner, a la Regis, and an 800m a la Gary Cook, it would save the cost of four extra kits ...
    Last edited by carterhatch; 18-06-21, 16:40.
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