Men's 4x100m squad secure World Relays bronze
Athletics

Men's 4x100m squad secure World Relays bronze

12 May 2019 / 14:07
Sprinter CJ Ujah was content with the start to the season GB's men's 4x100m relay team made after taking bronze at the IAAF World Relays and booking their spot at this September's World Championships.

The quartet of Ujah, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Adam Gemili and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake finished third behind surprise winners Brazil and USA in Yokohama to secure a podium spot.

Their final time of 38.15s wasn't quite as fast as the 38.11s they clocked in the heats but Ujah was pleased with the British quartet's efforts in Japan ahead of a busy season.

He said: “I am proud of these guys. We came out here and put in two good performances. We can’t complain and now we move on from it.

“There was no pressure. This is the first time this year that we have all got together properly. It is the start of a long season.”

That was the only British medal in Yokohama but three other teams also booked a spot at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha in September.

The team of Rabah Yousif, Dwayne Cowan, Martyn Rooney and Cameron Chalmers finished fifth in the men’s 4x400m final, while their female counterparts – Emily Diamond, Laviai Nielsen, Zoey Clark and Amy Allcock – came sixth.

The British 4x400m mixed relay group failed to make the final in Yokohama but also did enough to become the fourth British squad to secure qualification for Doha.

And Aikines-Aryeetey believes the 4x100m team are on the right path as preparations for the Worlds, and then the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, ramp up.

“We were excited to come here. We were excited to come together as a team and we have gone out, represented our country, which is so important to us, and we have come away with third,” he said.

“It is a process. We are doing things here to make things right for our future. World Championships, Olympics – that’s the main aim for us.”