Relay win helps Britain to fourth

Published: Saturday 20th June 2015 by The News Editor

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A far from full strength men’s quartet stormed to 4×100 metres victory at the European Team Championships to help Great Britain finish the opening day in Cheboksary, Russia, in fourth place.

The sprint relay team of Richard Kilty, Danny Talbot, James Ellington and Andy Robertson clocked a championship record and European lead of 38.21 seconds.

It was one of four victories for the British team and saw them end the day on 166.5 points, with the hosts leading the way on 186.

There were also wins for Eilidh Child in the 400m hurdles, Asha Philip in the 100m and Jarryd Dunn in the 400m.

World indoor champion Kilty, who earlier finished second to Christophe Lemaitre in the individual 100m in 10.35secs, was impressed by the relay run, which highlighted British sprinting’s strength in depth. The likes of James Dasaolu, Adam Gemili – when he has recovered from his hamstring injury – and Chijindu Ujah can still come into the team.

Kilty said: “It’s a massive improvement from the Bahamas (the IAAF World Relays in May) and we’ve all come a long way since then and it’s a good little squad we’ve got here.

“The four of us have been part of the squad since 2012 so we’re really well drilled and proud of each other.”

Child also clocked a European lead as she won over the barriers in 54.46s, saying: “To win it and to knock a chunk off my season’s best I’m delighted and hopefully this can set me up for the next few weeks now.”

Philip clocked 11.27 into a -1.4m/s headwind, while Jarryd Dunn ran a personal best 45.09 to win the 400m.

Published: Saturday 20th June 2015 by The News Editor

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