Anyika Onuora insists Great Britain & Northern Ireland women’s 4x200m relay team are only just getting started after setting a new national record en route to silver at the IAAF World Relay Championships in the Bahamas.
The quartet of Onuora, Desiree Henry, Bianca Williams and Asha Philip clocked a time of 1:29.61 on the final day of action in Nassau to take Great Britain’s first ever medal at the inaugural championships.
Gold went to USA in a time of 1:29.45 with Jamaica taking bronze, and Onuora believes the team will only get stronger.
“This is just the start for us in the women’s relay,” said the 29-year-old.
“We just wanted to put a marker down for Commonwealths and Europeans. The competition is going to be hot to get in the team.
“We are really pleased we came away with a silver medal.”
There was further medal success on Sunday with the men’s 4x100m team of Richard Kilty, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, James Ellington and Danny Talbot taking bronze.
In the heats, they clocked 37.93 – the fourth fastest ever in British history – but dropped down to 38.19 in the final, with Jamaica taking gold ahead of Trinidad and Tobago.
World indoor 60m champion Kilty said: “We ran a really quick time in the heats. There is a lot more to come from this team and it’s only early season. To come here get the baton round and win a medal blows away all the demons.”
Elsewhere on Sunday the men’s 4x400m team finished fourth with Nigel Levine forced to run the third leg with only one shoe following a collision, while the women’s 4x400m quartet came home seventh.
While on Saturday, the women’s 4x100m team placed fifth in a season’s best time of 42.75.
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