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Women’s 4x100m relay team bag bronze in Tokyo

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Team GB claimed women’s 4x100m Olympic bronze for the seventh time in their history.

Asha Philip, Imani-Lara Lansiquot, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita set a 41.55 second British record in qualifying and while their handovers were not as slick, they had the speed to hold off their rivals.

Jamaica and the USA streaked clear for first and second, the gold medallists running the second fastest time 4x100m relay of all-time.

Philip, Asher-Smith and Neita were all part of the team that won bronze in the event in Rio and they follow in the footsteps of the third-placed British quartets from 1932, 1952, 1964, 1980 and 1984.

Philip, 30, from Leyton, said: “I tried my best, I know our changeover wasn’t the best but we’ve really worked hard as a team. We’ve had a pandemic and all the worst scenarios thrown at us but we seem to bring it out when the time comes.

“We’ve got such a great team, staff members, they have definitely helped us to come here and execute on the big stage.

“We didn’t deliver our best run or a clean run but we got a medal and that’s what counts.

Lansiquot, 23, from Peckham, said: “I’m very sorry to my granny and my dad, to everyone watching because they probably had a heart attack [following a close changeover].

“It’s a Championships, these things do happen and the most important thing is that we have the trust and the chemistry within ourselves.

“We knew we were going to get it round and we knew that we could medal.

“I’m just so proud. This is my first Olympic medal and I know this is the start of something great. I’m so chuffed.”

Asher-Smith, 25, from Orpington, said: “I saw quite a few people and I knew it was time to move.

“I’m one of the best bend runners in the world, quite frankly it’s something that I take into the bend quite naturally, coming into Daryll like a train.

Neita, 24, from Camberwell, said: “For me, it was just doing the best for the team, waiting for Dina to come to me and having that confidence.

“I crossed the line with the team to get a bronze in 2016 and I knew we could do that again.

“I’m super proud of us, we’ve worked so hard and there’s no limits for us.”

Courtesy of Team GB