First day of the World Relays 2021 / Silesia

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Patrik Dobyk and Ferguson Rotich duel in 2x2x400m mixed relay, May 1, 2021, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / @KlosinskiKyle, World Athletics Relays Silesia

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Joanna Jozwik and Patryk Dobek ran 3:40.92 to take gold in the 2x2x400m mixed relay, May 1, 2021, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / @KlosinskiKyle, World Athletics Relays Silesia

Photo 01-05-2021, 21 09 20.jpg Naomi Korir and Ferguson Rotich won silver in 2x2x400m mixed relay, May 1, 2021, photo by Krzysztof Wesołowski / @KlosinskiKyle, World Athletics Relays Silesia

Justin Lagat covered the World Relays in Silesia, from two broadcasts in Kenya: Facebook and You Tube.

This is Justin's report on day 1.

There were two online channels to watch the world relays in Kenya; the YouTube and FaceBook accounts of the World Athletics.

Kenya is one hour late compared to Poland and so we began watching the first day of the world relays from 8PM up to some minutes past 11PM. I would later find out in the night that it is actually great to end an evening by watching athletics before retiring to bed, if one needs to dream good dreams and follow them with a sound sleep.

One of the sad moments of the first day was of Brazil getting disqualified in heat one of the women's 4x100m relay. Considering that other nations opted to stay out of the championships due to the pandemic and the number of tests and commitment that the Brazilian team had endured to appear at the relays, perhaps the officials should have looked at the incident where one of the runners stepped on the line more leniently.

There were no fans in the stadium; otherwise the sad incident may have certainly attracted more "sympathy" fans to cheer the Brazilian team in their remaining events that they have already sailed through to the finals.

It was a great day for the host country as they became the first to win a gold medal at the championships. This was in the 2x2x400m mixed relay where the pair of Joanna Jozwik and Patryk Dobek ran a 3:40:92 PB time to emerge winners. Kenya's Naomi Korir and Ferguson Rotich ran a PB of 3:41:79 as well to earn the silver medal while Slovenia's Anita Horvat and Zan Rudolf took the bronze medal in 3:41:95, which was a SB for them.

Germany and Poland were in a different class of their own in the Shuttle Hurldles Relay final as Kenya fought hard not to disappear from the screen behind them. Germany won the gold medal in 56:53, Poland took the silver medal in 56:68, while Kenya took bronze in 59:89. All of them registered their seasonal best times.

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