Aussie women set fastest 4x100m time since 2000 at IAAF World Relays
13 May 2019
At the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama the Australian quartet of Sally Pearson, Nana Owusu-Afriyie, Riley Day and Naa Anang broke an almost two-decade old Aussie record and secured their place at the 2019 Doha World Championships.
The women are sitting at sixth best in the world after their blistering run of 43.19, with their performance equalling the highest place by an Australian women's 4x100m team at a global meet since the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. This result also makes them the third fastest team of all time.
Australia's 4x400m men's team of Alex Beck, Tyler Gunn, Murray Goodwin and Steve Solomon also secured a spot at Doha, running the fastest Australian time in six years and qualifying for the final which will take place on Monday 13 May.
The women's 4x400m team of Ellie Beer, Morgan Mitchell, Caitlin Sargent-Jones and Lauren Wells finished fifth in the B final, in a time of 3.32.22, with the team still having the opportunity to win a spot at Doha during the Oceania Athletics Championships in Townsville next month.
Catriona Bisset and Joshua Ralph finished second in the mixed 2x2x400m relay, with a time of 3.37.61. Second is the Australia’s equal best ever performance at the World Relays, while Australia's mens 4x100m set their best ever performance at World Relays with 39.05, finishing 17th overall. The team was made up of Trae Williams, Jake Doran, Zach Holdsworth and Alex Hartmann.
The mixed 4x400m team of Ian Halpin, Luke Stevens, Angie Blackburn and Rebecca Bennet finished in 14th with 3.21.80 and the mixed hurdles team progressed through to the final after finishing third in their heat (fourth overall) but unfortunately were disqualified after a false start.