IAAF World Relays

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The Tommy Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas hosted the first edition of the competition.

The IAAF World Relays is an international biennial track and field sporting event where teams from around the world compete in relay races, some of which are not part of the standard Olympic programme. The first three editions were set to take place in Nassau, Bahamas at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Originally intended as an annual event, it was later decided to happen every odd year,[1] the same as the IAAF World Championships in Athletics for which it serves as a qualification stage. The competition format for the first edition included the 4 × 100 metres relay, the 4 × 200 metres relay, the 4 × 400 metres relay, the 4 × 800 metres relay and the 4 × 1500 metres relay.[2] From the second edition on, the 4 × 1500 metres relay will be replaced by the distance medley relay.[3] The first edition had a $1.4 million prize fund.

Championships[edit]

Edition Year City Country Date Venue No. of
Events
No. of
Countries
No. of
Athletes
Top of the
medal table
1st 2014 Nassau  Bahamas 24–25 May Thomas Robinson Stadium 10 43 576  United States
2nd 2015 Nassau  Bahamas 2–3 May Thomas Robinson Stadium 10 43 669  United States
3rd 2017 Nassau  Bahamas 22–23 April Thomas Robinson Stadium

Championships records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
4×100 m relay 37.38 Mike Rodgers
Justin Gatlin
Tyson Gay
Ryan Bailey
 United States 2 May 2015 2015 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [4]
4×200 m relay 1:18.63 Nickel Ashmeade
Warren Weir
Jermaine Brown
Yohan Blake
 Jamaica 24 May 2014 2014 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [5]
4×400 m relay 2:57.25 David Verburg
Tony McQuay
Christian Taylor
LaShawn Merritt
 United States 25 May 2014 2014 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [6]
4×800 m relay 7:04.84 Duane Solomon
Erik Sowinski
Casimir Loxsom
Robby Andrews
 United States 3 May 2015 2015 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [7]
Distance medley relay 9:15.50 Kyle Merber 2:53.56 (1200 m)
Brycen Spratling 45.95 (400 m)
Brandon Johnson 1:44.75 (800 m)
Ben Blankenship 3:51.24 (1600 m)
 United States 3 May 2015 2015 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [8]
4×1500 m relay 14:22.22 Collins Cheboi
Silas Kiplagat
James Kiplagat Magut
Asbel Kiprop
 Kenya 25 May 2014 2014 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [9]

Women[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
4×100 m relay 41.88 Tianna Bartoletta
Alexandria Anderson
Jeneba Tarmoh
LaKeisha Lawson
 United States 24 May 2014 2014 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [10]
4×200 m relay 1:29.45 Shalonda Solomon
Tawanna Meadows
Bianca Knight
Kimberlyn Duncan
 United States 25 May 2014 2014 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [11]
4×400 m relay 3:19.39 Phyllis Francis
Natasha Hastings
Sanya Richards-Ross
Francena McCorory
 United States 3 May 2015 2015 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [12]
4×800 m relay 8:00.62 Chanelle Price
Maggie Vessey
Molly Beckwith-Ludlow
Alysia Johnson Montaño
 United States 3 May 2014 2015 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [13]
Distance medley relay 10:36.50 Treniere Moser 3:18.38 (1200 m)
Sanya Richards-Ross 50.12 (400 m)
Ajee' Wilson 2:00.08 (800 m)
Shannon Rowbury 4:27.92 (1600 m)
 United States 2 May 2015 2015 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [14]
4×1500 m relay 16:33.58 Mercy Cherono
Faith Kipyegon
Irene Jelagat
Hellen Onsando Obiri
 Kenya 24 May 2014 2014 IAAF World Relays The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas [15]

Medal Table[edit]

Updated after 2015 Championships

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 12 3 1 16
2  Jamaica 4 5 1 10
3  Kenya 3 3 0 6
4  Nigeria 1 0 1 2
5  Poland 0 3 1 4
6  Bahamas 0 2 0 2
7  Great Britain 0 1 3 4
8  Trinidad and Tobago 0 1 2 3
9  France 0 1 1 2
10  Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 1 0 1
11  Australia 0 0 4 4
12  Germany 0 0 2 2
13  Belgium 0 0 1 1
 Ethiopia 0 0 1 1
 Japan 0 0 1 1
 Russia 0 0 1 1
Total 20 20 20 60

References[edit]

  1. ^ IAAF World Relays bidding information
  2. ^ "Bahamas to host inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships". Caribbean 360. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Men's 4×100m Final Results" (PDF). IAAF. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Simon Hart (25 May 2014). "Jamaica men break 4x200 metre relay record at IAAF World Relays in Nassau - and without Usain Bolt". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Men's 4x400m Relay Results". IAAF. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Men's 4×800m Final Results" (PDF). IAAF. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Men's Distance Medley Relay Final Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Men's 4×1500m Relay Results". IAAF. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Women's 4x100m Relay Results". IAAF. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Women's 4×200m Relay Results". IAAF. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Women's 4×400m Relay Final B Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Women's 4×800m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Women's Distance Medley Relay Final Results" (PDF). IAAF. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Men's 4x800m Relay Results". IAAF. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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