LOS ANGELES – Universal Sports Network will present exclusive LIVE television and online coverage of the 2015 IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas on May 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. ET.
The two day meet will feature more than 600 of the world’s best track athletes competing in the 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and distance medley (1200m, 400, 800m and 1600m).
The top eight finishers in the men’s and women’s 4×100m and 4×400m relays will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Team USA’s roster is comprised of 51 athletes and features 21 Olympians who will defend the Golden Baton, which is awarded to the overall best team at the World Relays.
At last year’s inaugural World Relays, the U.S. women won four of five relays including an American record performance by the 4x800m team.
The U.S. women’s team includes three of four members of the world record women’s 4×100m relay team in Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Fla.), four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, Calif.) and three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter (Los Angeles, Calif.) Four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross (Austin, Texas), will compete in the women’s 4×400m relay.
On the U.S. men’s side, the 4×100m relay includes three of the four members of the London Olympics silver medal team in Ryan Bailey (Los Angeles, Calif.), Justin Gatlin (Clermont, Fla.) and Tyson Gay (Los Angeles, Calif.) The 4×400m relay features two members from the indoor world record squad in Kyle Clemons (Lawrence, Kan.), and David Verburg (Gainesville, Fla.), and three of four of the defending world championship team in LaShawn Merritt (Bradenton, Fla.), Tony McQuay (Gainesville, Fla.) and Verburg.
Headlining the international field are Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, currently the world’s fastest man and woman.
Last year’s inaugural 2014 World Relays served as a qualifier for eight of 16 spots in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays at the upcoming 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing which take place August 22-30, and will also air on Universal Sports Network in the U.S.