Search

London 2017: British men win gold, women strike silver

PUBLISHED: 22:47 12 August 2017 | UPDATED: 22:47 12 August 2017

Great Britain's 4x100m men's relay team, Nethaneel Mitchell Blake, Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili and Daniel Talbot celebrate winning gold at the World Championships at London Stadium (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

Great Britain's 4x100m men's relay team, Nethaneel Mitchell Blake, Chijindu Ujah, Adam Gemili and Daniel Talbot celebrate winning gold at the World Championships at London Stadium (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Sprint relay squads produce stunning results

Great Britain's Asha Philip, Daryll Neita, Dina Asher-Smith and Desiree Henry celebrate winning a silver medal in the 4x100m relay final at the World Championships at London Stadium (pic Martin Rickett/PA)Great Britain's Asha Philip, Daryll Neita, Dina Asher-Smith and Desiree Henry celebrate winning a silver medal in the 4x100m relay final at the World Championships at London Stadium (pic Martin Rickett/PA)

Great Britain’s 4x100m relay teams produced gold and silver linings to the World Championships at an electric London Stadium.

Newham & Essex Beagles Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake held off American rival Christian Coleman to cross the line in a British record of 37.47 seconds, the third-fastest time ever, after CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili and Danny Talbot had combined to give him the baton with a lead going into the final straight.

And the men’s success came after the women, led off by Newham’s Asha Philip, had won silver behind their Amnerican rivals only minutes earlier.

The women had won bronze at the Rio Olympics last summer and Philip produced a strong first leg, before a far-from-smooth handover to Desiree Henry, who then passed the baton to 200m finalist Dina Asher-Smith.

And after a strong bend from Asha-Smith and despite another nervy exchange, Daryll Neita chased 100m champion Tori Bowie down the home straight until conceding defeat in the final strides as Britain finished second in 42.12 seconds, three-tenths of a second behind the Americans.

All eyes then turned to the men, as the legendary Usain Bolt prepared to make the final appearance of his career on the track, and Ujah blasted away from the blocks to give the British quartet an excellent start.

Former University of East London student Gemili roared down the back straight, following his disappointment at being left out of the 200 metres, and Talbot produced a fine bend on the third leg.

Newham-born Mitchell-Blake, who spent some of his childhood growing up in Bolt’s native Jamaica, then put his foot down, having finished fourth in the 200m final, and dipped for the line to beat 100m silver medalist Colman for an historic British success.

Bolt, sadly, pulled up with a hamstring injury which handed an unexpected bronze medal to Japan and proved a painful conclusion to one of the greatest athletics careers of all time.

Latest Islington Sports News

12 minutes ago

Middlesex captain Dawid Malan was pleased to see his side complete their 117-run win over Derbyshire at Lord’s on Friday.

16:26

Tim Murtagh finished with 4-55 as Middlesex ran through the Derbyshire batting to secure a 117-run victory in their final home County Championship match of the season at Lord’s.

15:49

Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to draw fans back to the Emirates for Europa League matches after a low turnout for the Gunners’ 4-2 victory over FC Vorskla Poltava.

15:03

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has hailed midfielder Lucas Torreira after the Gunners’ 4-2 Europa League victory over FC Vorskla Poltava.

12:23

Bernd Leno has been speaking to the Islington Gazette after making his debut in the Europa League against Vorskla Poltava at the Emirates on Thursday evening.

10:00

Finsbury Park will bid to continue their perfect start to the new Herts/Middlesex One season when they travel away to play UCS Old Boys on Saturday.

Yesterday, 23:26

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been left frustrated after the Gunners conceded two late goals in his sides 4-2 victory over FC Vorskla Poltava.

Yesterday, 21:58

Arsenal began their Europa League journey with a dominant 4-2 win over FC Vorskla Poltava on Thursday night.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now