IAAF World Relays

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The IAAF World Relays (unofficially also known as the relay world championships ) are athletics competitions that have been held annually by the IAAF since 2014, and only every two years since 2015 . Winners will be determined in the Olympic relay distances 4 × 100 and 4 × 400 meters as well as in some other disciplines. The relays over 4 × 1500 meters that were held at the first edition were replaced by medley relays (1200 m-400 m-800 m-1600 m) in 2015, which in turn will be played against the Olympic mixed relay over 4 × from 2020 400 meters were exchanged. In the fourth edition of 2019, a mixed relay race over 2 × 2 × 400 meters took place instead of the 4 × 800 relay from previous years, and a mixed hurdles pendulum relay was also introduced this year.

The World Relay winners are not official world champions. World champions over 4 × 100 and 4 × 400 meters thus remain the winners of the previous world championships. Instead of a medal table, a points system is used to determine the order of the participating nations across disciplines.

The first three events took place at Thomas Robinson Stadium in the Bahamas in Nassau . At the beginning of July 2018, the government of the Bahamas informed the World Athletics Federation IAAF that it could not host the title fights planned for 2019 for financial reasons, and the Jamaican Athletics Association (JAAA) expressed an interest in jumping in, as did the Australian Athletics Federation . In mid-September 2018, Jamaica also withdrew because the government could not provide the necessary financial resources. The chairman of the Japanese Athletics Federation (JAAF) Hiroshi Yokokawa then said that the idea of ​​a possible hosting of the World Relays in Tokyo was positive. A good week later, the IAAF Council chose Yokohama , a few kilometers southwest of Tokyo, as the venue.


year city country date Stadion athlete Nations
2014 Nassau BahamasBahamas Bahamas 24./25. May Thomas Robinson Stadium 576 43
2015 Nassau BahamasBahamas Bahamas 2nd / 3rd May Thomas Robinson Stadium 669 43
2017 Nassau BahamasBahamas Bahamas 22./23. April Thomas Robinson Stadium 509 35
2019 Yokohama JapanJapan Japan 11./12. May Yokohama International Stadium
2021 Chorzów PolandPoland Poland 1./2. May Śląski Stadium

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