World Relays: GB ‘let down’ as Bolt beaten by Gatlin & Gay

BAHAMAS: Sprinter Richard Kilty said he felt “let down” by absent squad members as Great Britain’s 4x100m team failed to qualify for the Olympics via the IAAF World Relays.


GB came ninth in the heats in Nassau, narrowly missing the A final and an early shot at Rio qualification.

Britain were edged out by just 0.06 seconds before USA took gold followed by Jamaica and Japan.

“I personally feel let down by the guys that haven’t come out,” Kilty said.

“We’ve got a massive chance of a medal in Rio next year and it’s a disappointment that people aren’t making themselves available to come out here and perform.”

Teams who qualify for, and complete, finals at the event in Nassau will be guaranteed a place in Rio next summer.

The remaining eight teams will be selected according to the world rankings as of July 2016.

Among the runners missing from the GB squad in the Bahamas are Commonwealth 100m silver medallist Adam Gemili, fellow European 4x100m champion James Dasaolu, as well as sub-10 second runner Chijindu Ujah and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

The reasons given for them skipping the trip ranged from minor injuries to permitted absence due to university exams and summer outdoor plans.

The British quartet of Kilty, James Ellington, Danny Talbot and Andy Robertson went on to win their B final but the damage was already done.

“We could have challenged for the gold. We’ve got a lot of strong guys sitting there at home which is a terrible shame,” said Kilty, the world indoor 60m champion.

“We all have our individual aspirations but the relay’s a massive thing and we could have qualified for Rio automatically here.

“We’re all going to have to come together and bring out the best team possible to get the job done because that simply wasn’t good enough there today.”

Ellington backed up Kilty’s frustrations, saying: “This is where there are going to be problems when people expect to walk into a team when they haven’t been part of it.

“So I’m a bit disappointed with them; I’m a bit disappointed with us, but we could only do what we could with the team we had today.”

Elsewhere, Great Britain’s men’s and women’s 4x400m teams made their finals.

They and the women’s 4x100m heats and final take place on Sunday.