IAAF World Relays

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The Tommy Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas hosted the first three editions 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] The first edition had a $1.4 million prize fund.

From the second edition, the 4 × 1500 metres relay was replaced by the distance medley relay.[3] However, this was short-lived and was itself replaced by a mixed-gender 4 × 400 metres relay for the third edition.[4] In 2019 the 2 × 2 × 400 m relay and the shuttle hurdles relay were added to the mixed-gender category.[5]

The 2019 IAAF World Relays were held in Yokohama, Japan at the Yokohama International Stadium.

Championships[edit]

Edition Year City Country Date Venue No. of
Events
No. of
Countries
No. of
Athletes
Top of the
medal table
1 2014 Nassau Bahamas 24–25 May Thomas Robinson Stadium 10 43 576  United States
2 2015 Nassau Bahamas 2–3 May Thomas Robinson Stadium 10 43 669  United States
3 2017 Nassau Bahamas 22–23 April Thomas Robinson Stadium 9 35 509  United States
4 2019 Yokohama Japan 11–12 May Yokohama International Stadium 9 43 634  United States
5 2021 Chorzów Poland 1–2 May Silesian 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 Nassau, Bahamas [6]
4 × 200 m relay 1:18.63 Nickel Ashmeade
Warren Weir
Jermaine Brown
Yohan Blake
 Jamaica 24 May 2014 2014 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [7]
4 × 400 m relay 2:57.25 David Verburg
Tony McQuay
Christian Taylor
LaShawn Merritt
 United States 25 May 2014 2014 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [8]
4 × 800 m relay 7:04.84 Duane Solomon
Erik Sowinski
Casimir Loxsom
Robby Andrews
 United States 3 May 2015 2015 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [9]
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 Nassau, Bahamas [10]
4 × 1500 m relay 14:22.22 Collins Cheboi
Silas Kiplagat
James Kiplagat Magut
Asbel Kiprop
 Kenya 25 May 2014 2014 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [11]

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 Nassau, Bahamas [12]
4 × 200 m relay 1:29.04 Jura Levy
Shericka Jackson
Sashalee Forbes
Elaine Thompson
 Jamaica 22 April 2017 2017 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [13]
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 Nassau, Bahamas [14]
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 Nassau, Bahamas [15]
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 Nassau, Bahamas [16]
4 × 1500 m relay 16:33.58 Mercy Cherono
Faith Kipyegon
Irene Jelagat
Hellen Onsando Obiri
 Kenya 24 May 2014 2014 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [17]

Mixed[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Meet Place Ref
4 × 400 m relay 3:14.42 Steven Gardiner
Shaunae Miller
Anthonique Strachan
Michael Mathieu
 Bahamas 23 April 2017 2017 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas [18]
2 × 2 × 400 m relay 3:36.92 Ce'Aira Brown
Donavan Brazier
 United States 11 May 2019 2019 IAAF World Relays Yokohama, Japan [19]
Shuttle hurdles relay 54.96 Christina Clemons
Freddie Crittenden
Sharika Nelvis
Devon Allen
 United States 11 May 2019 2019 IAAF World Relays Yokohama, Japan [20]

Medal table[edit]

Updated after the 2019 Championships

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)227231
2 Jamaica (JAM)58619
3 Kenya (KEN)3418
4 Poland (POL)1416
5 Bahamas (BAH)1203
6 Germany (GER)1146
7 Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)1124
8 France (FRA)1113
9 Canada (CAN)1102
10 Nigeria (NGR)1012
11 Brazil (BRA)1001
12 Australia (AUS)0167
13 Great Britain (GBR)0145
14 China (CHN)0123
 Japan (JPN)0123
16 Barbados (BAR)0101
 Belarus (BLR)0101
 Botswana (BOT)0101
 Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN)0101
 South Africa (RSA)0101
21 Belgium (BEL)0022
22 Ethiopia (ETH)0011
 Italy (ITA)0011
 Russia (RUS)0011
Totals (24 nations)383837113

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. ^ Competitions Update. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-21.
  5. ^ Hardik Vyas (11 January 2019). "Athletics: Mixed shuttle hurdles added to World Relays program". Reuters. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Men's 4×100m Final Results" (PDF). IAAF. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Men's 4x400m Relay Results". IAAF. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Men's 4×800m Final Results" (PDF). IAAF. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Men's Distance Medley Relay Final Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Men's 4×1500m Relay Results". IAAF. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Women's 4x100m Relay Results". IAAF. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  13. ^ "4×200m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Women's 4×400m Relay Final B Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Women's 4×800m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Women's Distance Medley Relay Final Results" (PDF). IAAF. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Men's 4x800m Relay Results". IAAF. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Mixed 4×400m Relay Results" (PDF). IAAF. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  19. ^ "2×2×400m Relay Result". IAAF. 11 May 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Shuttle Hurdles Relay Result". IAAF. 11 May 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.

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