WINNING SMILES: The Great Britain & Northern Ireland A team
SHOULD TEAM GB’s 4x100m relay team get the baton round at the Rio Olympics they might just make the podium.
The quartet of Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita registered a world leading time of 41.81 seconds to win at the Anniversary Games at The Satdium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park today (July 22).
Running under the Great Britain & Northern Ireland A team banner the time was also a meeting and national record. Philip said post race: “My aim was just to catch the person in front of me and give Desiree a good lead.
"She charged down the back straight, she is experienced enough to do that. Even though it was Dina's first go on the third leg, we knew she runs a good bend so we knew she would kill it.
“I knew Daryll was going to keep it on that last leg. It was perfect what we did today, we are proud of ourselves. We are really confident now heading into Rio.
Asher-Smith, the fastest British woman of all time and the newly crowned European 200m champion, added: The third leg was a massive change for me. It was such good fun.
"I was watching Daryll (Neita) down the last 100m. I could see the time counting down and just thought, 'Oh my God, we are going to do it'. To run the British record is sensational.”