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World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 offer Olympic qualification chance

The World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 will provide automatic qualifying places for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Some of the world's best countries and athletes will be in action.

World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 schedule
World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 schedule

NASSAU (April 30) – The best relay squads from around the globe descend on the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium this weekend for the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24, where coveted Paris 2024 Olympic Games spots will be up for grabs.

The two-day event, which runs from 4-5 May, features five relay disciplines – the women’s 4x100m and 4x400m and the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m along with the mixed 4x400m relay.

The World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 Events

The World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 will feature five relay disciplines:

  1. Women’s 4x100m
  2. Women’s 4x400m
  3. Men’s 4x100m
  4. Men’s 4x400m
  5. Mixed 4x400m

Olympic Qualification

The top 14 teams in each event will punch their tickets to next year’s Olympics in the French capital. The remaining two places per relay will be awarded based on the leading marks during the qualification period from December 31, 2022, to June 30, 2024.

On Saturday’s opening day, the top two finishers in each preliminary heat will advance to Sunday’s finals while securing berths for Paris. The finals on day two will determine medal placings and prize money and establish important Olympic lane assignments.

Teams missing out on automatic qualification through the heats and finals at the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 will get one last chance in additional rounds on Sunday, where the top two finishers in each heat also book Paris tickets.

Entry lists for the meet were released last week, while a facts and figures document edited by statistician Mark Butler provides a comprehensive event guide and posted on the World Athletics website.

All eyes will be on powerhouses like the United States, Jamaica, The Netherlands, Italy, and Kenya, among other nations, which typically flex their depth in the relays, but upsets could come from any quarter with toe-curling Olympic dreams on the line.

World-class athletes such as Noah Lyles, Marcell Jacobs, Gabby Thomas, and Femke Bol have been named in their respective national teams for the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24.

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