When are the 4x100m relays and who will win men’s and women’s races?

One of the marquee events of the Olympic Games takes place today.

The 4x100m relay finals are always full of thrills and spills and present medal opportunities for Great Britain’s men and women.

Dina Asher-Smith is back for Team GB after a pre-Games injury wrecked her hopes of success in the 100m and 200m and alongside Asha Philip, Imani-Lara Lansiquot and Daryll Neita helped them qualify for the final in a national record time.

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“It (winning a medal) would be absolutely amazing but again that is not the thing I think about right now. It is about staying focused,” she said.


“That is where my head has been for the past week. It hasn’t been in what happened. It hasn’t been about the 100m or 200m. It has been about me getting back on the training track and making sure I bring my absolute A-game to this race.

“Of course, it (a medal) would mean incredible things to everybody. We are the bronze medallists in Rio. It would be amazing for us to get another medal again, for all of us, for all of our lives, for all of our individual dreams and aspirations.

“To get that we have to stay focused and make sure we execute and do what needs to be done.”

The men’s four of CJ Ujah, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Richard Kilty and Zharnel Hughes qualified second-fastest for their final, but the USA won’t be there after finishing sixth in their heat.

Here’s all you need to know:

When are the races?

The women’s race is at 2.30pm with the men’s race at 2.50pm.

How can I watch them?

BBC and Eurosport will bring coverage of both races on TV as well as via their websites.

Who will win?

Women’s 4x100m

Jamaica, with Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on board, are the strongest of favourites for gold with the United States the next likeliest challengers.

Great Britain have a medal chance with Switzerland and Germany sure to be in contention too.

Men’s 4x100m

Despite failing to get an athlete into the 100m final for the first time since 2000, Jamaica are favourites to claim men’s sprint relay gold.

Great Britain have a shot at a medal again with Canada and 200m champion Andre De Grasse likely to be Jamaica’s closest challengers.

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