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ROAD TO RIO

IN THE FINAL PART OF OUR SERIES, STEVE SMYTHE LOOKS AT THE HISTORY OF EVENTS AT THE OLYMPICS – AND THIS WEEK WE CONCLUDE WITH THE MEN’S RELAYS
Garry Cook takes the baton from Kriss Akabusi in LA 1984 as they combined with Todd Bennett and Phil Brown to win silver behind the United States
MARK SHEARMAN

OLYMPIC RECORD

4x100: 36.84 JAM 2012

4x400: 2:55.39 USA 2008

MEN’S RELAYS – RIO FORM GUIDE

JAMAICA will start in the former Brazilian capital as big favourites, having dominated the last two Olympics and the last four World Championships. They won in Moscow unopposed and in London set the world record of 36.84, although Nesta Carter’s drug test result could scupper that record and title.

USA beat them in the IAAF Relays last year but fouled up in Moscow. They have a squad to seemingly match the Jamaicans but seem to lack the team spirit.

If they get the baton round sagely in heats and finals, they shouldn’t do worse than second.

The likely battle for third is wide open. Former champions Britain have a good chance, as do world silver medallists China, who should have a well-drilled squad.

Canada, Germany, Japan, France and Trinidad and Tobago look capable of times in the low-38s, which always suffices for a medal.

At the 4x400m, USA lost the last Olympics to an inspired Bahamas but they will start big favourites even though, apart from LaShawn Merritt, their one-lap runners haven’t sparkled so far in 2016.

Jamaica should have one of the strongest squads in Rio and should win a medal, though their long relay runners rarely deliver.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 14 MARQUISE GOODWIN The American footballer spending the offseason shooting for Olympic long jump glory SPOTLIGHT 16 GENEVA MARATHON Why ‘fast is beautiful’ in the Swiss city 24 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? World long jump champion Fiona May 28 NOSTALGIA Going back 80 years to the first visit to the UK of legend Fanny Blankers-Koen NEWS 6 Georgina Hermitage among GB IPC winners 9 Ross Millington on making the Rio team 11 Russian trio announced as dopers STATISTICS 30 ROAD TO RIO The in-depth history of the men’s relays at the Olympic Games PERFORMANCE 38 Sports science news 40 Athlete Insight – Sophie Hitchon 42 How music can boost your running 44 Product reviews – sports earphones TALKING POINT 20 Peter Hewkin on how athletics can play to its strengths more ACTION 46 OSLO DIAMOND LEAGUE Dafne Schippers goes sub-22, while Laura Muir sets Scottish mile record 50 MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS Elliott Powell impresses with sprint double 52 NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS Jessica Ennis-Hill tackles four events 56 SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS Taylor Campbell on form in the hammer RESULTS & FIXTURES 60 Results – Usain Bolt runs 9.88 in Jamaica 73 Stockholm Diamond League and EA U23/U20 Championships previews 75 Comprehensive fixtures guide REGULARS 36 YOUNG ATHLETE 78 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH
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