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4 x 100 metres relay women World Championships

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2019 World Championships in Athletics for Women: 4 x 100 meter Relay

Mechanism:

The sports event involves 4 sprinters running in lanes over one lap of the track completing 100m each. Each runner carries a relay baton that he passes over to the next within a twenty-metres changeover box that’s situated ten-metres before and ten-metres after the start of each subsequent leg. With an arm stretched out behind in order to receive the baton, the outgoing runner usually runs at full speed once he grabs it. A team can get disqualified if does not adhere to the rules of baton-changing. Low speed can be compensated by slick handovers; however a very common occurrence during the event is that of dropping the baton.

The team that crosses the finishing line first, with baton in hand wins.

The Past:

The origins of modern relays can be traced back to the New York of the 1880s, where charity races were organized by the city's fire service, in which red pennants were handed over every three-hundred-yard.

The first Olympic 4x100 metres relay for women was held in 1928.

Gold Standard:

USA dominates the women’s event & holds the women’s world record at 40.82.

Icons:

Evelyn Ashford

As mentioned earlier, USA is a dominant nation in the event, Evelyn is a proof of that, she ran on 3 consecutive Olympic gold-medal-winning teams between '84 and '92, the latter coming when she was thirty-five years old.

Tianna Bartoletta

The American is a 2-time Olympian with three gold medals. At the '12 Olympics she placed 4th in the 100 metres race then won her first gold by leading off the world record-setting 4 × 100 metres relay team. At the '16 Olympics she won 2 more golds, 1st with a personal best to win the long jump then again leading off the victorious 4 × 100 metres relay team.


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