100×4 relay not very exciting


The first-ever 100×4 relay at the track and field world championships was met with mixed reactions today after the opening heats.“It’s great to get so many more athletes involved – 96 more than in the regular relays,” said IAAF president Gilles Moncrief. “That format really stresses teamwork. But it looked a bit muddled out there with all of the constant handoffs.”U.S. sprinter David Gant, who runs the integral 51st leg in the 100×4, said that despite winning the preliminary heat, he didn’t have his best race.“The handoff wasn’t clean from the guy before me – I can’t remember his name,” said Gant. “And then after that, I never really seemed to get up to top speed. I only felt like I was just getting going by the time I got to the next runner. But, hey, it’s the world championships and I’m glad to be here.”


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