Sport 5 of the best British relay performances

02:25  13 august  2017
02:25  13 august  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Mark Lewis-Francis was part of a famous gold medal-winning quartet at the 2004 Athens Olympics: Olympics - Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final - Athens © EMPICS Sports Photo Agency Olympics - Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final - Athens

Great Britain's men celebrated a glorious gold medal in the 4x100 metres relay at the World Championships in London on Saturday night.

Here Press Association Sport looks at five of Britain's best relay performances at both the Olympics and World Championships down the years.

1991 TOKYO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS  - MEN 4 X 400M (GOLD)

Kris Akabusi produced one of the most stunning performances in British athletics history when he overtook newly-crowned 400m champion Antonio Pettigrew down the home straight and pipped him over the finishing line. Roger Black, who switched from the anchor to the first leg just before the final, Derek Redmond and John Regis made up the gold medal-winning quartet.

Silver for Great Britain in women's sprint relay at World Championships

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1997 ATHENS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - MEN 4 X 400M (GOLD)

It had looked like Great Britain had failed to win a single gold medal for the first time at a World Championships 20 years ago. Iwan Thomas, Black, Jamie Baulch and Mark Richardson, their last great hope at the meet, had finished second behind the Americans, yet Pettigrew's later drug confession meant the USA's victory was annulled 12 years later, with the Brits then upgraded to gold.

2004 ATHENS OLYMPICS - MEN 4 X 100M (GOLD)

Great Britain stunned their American counterparts to win a first relay gold since 1912, despite having no representative in either the 100 or 200m individual finals for the first time in 28 years. The USA team featured three Olympic champions across those disciplines in Shawn Crawford, Justin Gatlin and Maurice Greene, yet Jason Gardener, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis claimed gold.

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Women's relay performances have improved vastly. Men? Not so much. And after botching the baton exchange between Mr Gatlin and Mr Miller, the United States fell a long way behind a well -rehearsed British team, which clung on to win by one hundredth of a second—despite the fact

2016 RIO OLYMPICS - WOMEN 4 X 100M (BRONZE)

The quartet of Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita won the first British Olympic medal in 32 years in this discipline by breaking the national record with a time of 41.77 seconds. Just four years earlier, at their home Games, Team GB had failed to qualify a team. The same four women took silver in this year's World Championships in London.

2017 LONDON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - MEN 4 X 100M (GOLD)

All the talk in the build-up to the final race of the meet surrounded Usain Bolt in his last appearance on the track at a major event. However, the Jamaican, who pulled up on the anchor leg with an injury, played second fiddle to the Britons as CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake claimed a stunning gold in a world-leading 37.47 seconds to finish ahead of the USA.

Great Britain's men hoping to build on relay gold in London .
Great Britain's victorious men's 4x100 metres relay runners are hoping to build on their success at future major tournaments after taking gold at the World Championships in London. The British quartet of CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili, Danny Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake produced a stunning world-leading time of 37.47 seconds to edge out the United States and Japan after Usain Bolt had pulled up on his anchor leg for Jamaica.Last man Mitchell-Blake took the baton in the lead ahead of American Christian Coleman and held off the individual 100m silver medallist to clinch Britain's second gold medal of the tournament.

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