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Relays are athletic events in which members of a team take turns in running down the track and passing a baton carried during the run to the teammate. The standard relay events are 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays. However, 4 x 200m, 4 x 800m and 4 x 1600m relay events also exist but are rarer. The concept of relays was originated in Ancient Greece where a message stick was delivered via a series of couriers. The first modern relay races were organized by the New York fire service in the 1880s as the charity races in which red pennants were passed on instead of a baton. 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relay events are part of the summer Olympics since 1912.
To run over the track in the fastest time possible by legally passing the baton to the teammate.
Teams consisting of four athletes compete in relay events (men’s and women’s events separately).
Relays take place on a running track which is 400m in circumference (oval track) consisting of two parallel straights and two bends of equal radii. The track consists of a number of lanes (usually eight or nine) which are usually 1.22 m wide for individual runners. 4 x 100 m relays cover one lap of the track with four runners completing 100m each and 4 x 400 m relay covers four laps of the tracks with each of the four runners completing 400m or one lap of the track.
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She is an American athlete who has won two gold medals at the Olympic Games and a gold and a silver medal at the World Relay Championships in the 4 x 100m relay event.
He is a nine-time Olympic champion and an eight-time World champion and have won numerous accolades like “World Athlete of the Century”, “Sportsman of the Century” and many more.