Team Christie Representing at Penn Relays

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The men’s 4x400m squad includes a strong contingent from Team Christie with Nigel Levine, Richard Strachan & Conrad Williams selected to compete. Michael Bingham and Richard Buck complete selection for the strong 4x400m team

The men’s 4x100m relay team will be made up of two London 2012 Olympians – James Ellington and Danny Talbot – and they will be joined by Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Andrew Robertson as the team looks to improve on the time of 38.91 set by the GB & NI team in Gainesville last week.

Following their success at the European Indoor Championships in March, Great Britain’s gold medal-winning women’s 4x400m team will be back in action on Saturday, having been named as part of GB & NI’s team for the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Christine Ohuruogu and Perri Shakes-Drayton will be on the hunt for Great Britain’s first ever podium finish at the event, as GB enters teams for the first time.

GB became the first nation to have won both titles at the same championships with victory in both the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays in Gothenburg and UKA endurance coach Terrence Mahon believes that the team being sent to the Penn Relays proves how seriously they consider their opposition, which will include formidable line-ups from Jamaica, Russia and USA.

18-year old Matt McLaughlin is set to make his senior international debut in America, as he forms part of a distance medley team which also includes Chris Warburton, Martyn Rooney and Joe Thomas.

Warburton will run the first 1200m leg, before passing on to Rooney and then Thomas who will run their 400m and 800m legs respectively. McLaughlin will finish with the 1600m.

For the first time in its 118-year history, the Penn Relays will also put on a women’s 4x800m relay in 2013. Marilyn Okoro, who ran 2:01.95 in at the Mount SAC Relays last weekend, and Olympic semi-finalist Lynsey Sharp, who finished behind Okoro in the race clocking a time of 2:02.63, will be joined by 2008 Olympian Jemma Simpson and senior debutant Tara Bird, the daughter of two-time Olympian Gladys Bird, as they attempt to break the GB record of 8:19.9 set in 1992.

Great Britain & Northern Ireland team for the Penn Relays:


4x100m: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Andrew Robertson, James Ellington, Danny Talbot

4x400m: Michael Bingham, Richard Buck, Nigel Levine, Conrad Williams, Richard Strachan

DMR: Chris Warburton, Martyn Rooney, Joe Thomas, Matt McLaughlin


4x400m: Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Christine Ohurougu, Perri Shakes-Drayton

4x800m: Tara Bird, Marilyn Okoro, Lynsey Sharp, Jemma Simpson


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