GB's sprinters secure three relay spots for Rio 2016

04 May 2015 / 10:01

Great Britain qualified themselves three relay spots at next year’s Olympics in Rio as well as picking up two bronze medals on the last day of action in the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.

Britain’s sprinters went into the competition knowing that each relay team who reached and completed an A final would be awarded an Olympic berth in that same discipline in Rio.

And while the men’s 4x100m failed to take the early opportunity for automatic Olympic qualification when they finished ninth in their heats on Saturday, there was better news for the three other teams.

The 4x400m quartet of Conrad Williams, Rabah Yousif, Jack Green and George Caddick placed sixth in their final in a time of 3:01.50, won by the USA, while the women were on the podium in both the 4x400m and 4x100m as they finished third in each.

The success and subsequent Olympic qualification was particularly poignant for Asha Philip, who admitted the failure of the 4x100m team to qualify for London 2012 had driven them on.

"That fight was for every single girl who missed out on that home Olympics," said Philip, who raced along with Ashleigh Nelson, Bianca Williams and Margaret Adeoye.

"That was devastating. We know girls we all grew up with who didn't make it and it burned us all."

Adeoye’s dip on the line ensured Great Britain took bronze by just 0.01 seconds ahead of Canada as they finished with an overall time of 42.84 seconds, with Jamaica and the USA the top two sides.

It was slightly more comfortable for the 4x400m women’s team of Eilidh Child, Anyika Onuora, Kelly Massey and Seren Bundy-Davies who clocked 3:26.38 minutes, 0.3 seconds faster than France with the USA pipped Jamaica to gold.

"Qualification really takes such a weight off our shoulders and now we can really focus on building this team for Rio next year," said Child.

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