Relay Teams Qualified and Participating in Beijing, courtesy of IAAF, Notes by Larry Eder

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Relays are the bain of every head US Olympic coach. Former Olympic coach John Chaplin once noted that the head coach is worshipped if all four relays are won and vilified if they are not. That is just about it.

The Jamaican 4 x 100 meter relay team looks to pose the most challenge for both men and women from the U.S. The staff of the U.S. promises that there will be more practices and focus on strategy. Let's hope so.

Note that French women are running a 4 x 100 meters. I do not believe that Christine Arron is participating in that team.

Relay teams qualified and participating in Beijing

LES EQUIPES DE RelaIS qualifieES ET PARTICIPANT AUX jEUX DE PEKIN

21 July 2008

21 juillet 2008

Monte-Carlo – The qualification period for the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m Relays at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing 2008 ended last Wednesday, 16 July, since when each Member Federation of the IAAF who had teams in the top-16 places have been asked to confirm whether they would be taking up their positions in Beijing.

With the deadline for confirmation having expired, the IAAF is pleased to confirm the following teams will compete:

Monte-Carlo – La période de qualification des relais 4x100m et 4x400m hommes et femmes des Jeux de la XXIXème Olympiade, Pékin 2008, s’est achevée mercredi dernier, 16 juillet. Depuis, il a été demandé aux Fédérations qui ont une équipe dans le top-16 de confirmer leur participation.

Ce délai ayant expiré, l’IAAF a le plaisir de confirmer la participation des équipes suivantes :

Men 4x100m – Hommes 4x100m

Brazil

Canada

China

France

Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Germany

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Netherlands

Nigeria

Poland

South Africa

Thailand

Trinidad and Tobago

United States of America

Men 4x400m – Hommes 4x400m

Australia

Bahamas

Belgium

Cuba

Dominican Republic

France

Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Germany

Greece

Jamaica

Japan

Poland

Russia

South Africa

Trinidad and Tobago

United States of America

Women 4x100m – Femmes 4x100m

Belgium

Belarus

Brazil

China

Finland

France

Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Germany

Italy

Jamaica

Poland

Russia

Thailand

Trinidad and Tobago

Ukraine

United States of America

Women 4x400m – Femmes 4x400m

Belarus

Brazil

China

Cuba

France

Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Germany

India

Jamaica

Japan

Mexico

Nigeria

Poland

Russia

Ukraine

United States of America

Further Information:

The aggregate of the two fastest times which determined the qualification of each of the national teams (achieved at IAAF recognised international events in the qualification period of 1 January 2007 to 16 July 2008) can be found in the following pdf file -

http://www.iaaf.org/mm/Document/Statistics/Standards/BeijingRelayTeams16July2008_4099.pdf

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