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What are the British hopes of medals at the 2017 World Relay Championships?

Photo: Aglet via Flickr

Photo: Aglet via Flickr

This weekend sees the 3rd edition of the IAAF World Relay Championships in the Bahamas. 

Since its inception in 2014, the Great British team have won four medals, one silver and three bronze. 

In 2014, the Men's 4x100m team of Richard Kilty, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, James Ellington and Dwain Chambers secured bronze in a time of 38.19 seconds. 

That same year, the Women's 4x200m relay team of Desiree Henry, Anyika Onuora, Bianca Williams and Asha Phillip claimed silver after a new national record time of 1:29:61 seconds. 

In 2015, Britain claimed one bronze medal in the 4x100m relay with the team of Asha Phillip, Ashleigh Nelson, Bianca Williams and Margaret Adeoye running a season's best time of 42.84 seconds. 

Britain also secured bronze in the 4x400m relay with the Women's team of Eilidth Child, Anyika Onoura, Kelly Massey and Seren Bundy-Davies running 3:26:38. 

But how are Britain expected to fare at this year's competition? 

On Saturday it was reported that the 4x100m relay team would not compete at the Championships due to injuries to a number of runners. 

That leaves Britain with three teams, the Women's 4x400m team, the men's 4x100m team and the men's 4x400m team. 

All of these teams have proven experience of winning medals at World, Commonwealth and European championships with members such as Eilidth Doyle, Martyn Rooney, Adam Gemili and Richard Kilty being the star names. 

Thus there is a good chance that Britain could at the very least win three bronze medals at the 2017 IAAF World Relay Championships, especially considering the women's 4x400m recently secured silver at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade last month. 

The biggest challenges for the Great British team come from a number of countries. 

In the Men's 4x100m, the American team featuring ustin Gatlin, Marvin Bracy, Mike Rodgers, Ronnie Baker and Leshon Collins looks a strong bet for gold, with the Jamaican team eyeing up silver. The biggest threat to a British bronze comes from a Canadian team that comprises of Olympic silver medalist Andre De Grasse as well as keem Haynes, Aaron Brown and Brendon Rodney.

In the Men's 4x400m, America lead the pack with Belgium possibly favourites for silver with a team that has the three Borlee brothers in. 

The Women's 4x400m is once again dominated by America and Jamaica, with both teams having multiple indivual and relay medalists. Great Britain however, are the third best team by a long way and should realistically win a medal here. 

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