MY DREAM RELAY TEAM – LAURYN WILLIAMS
In our lead-in to the IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017, set for Nassau on 22-23 April, we ask 2005 world 100m champion, two-time world 4x100m champion and 2012 Olympic 4x100m champion Lauryn Williams to run the rule over her all-time greatest women’s 4x100m quartet from history.
First leg: Evelyn Ashford (USA)
1984 Olympic 100m champion and three-time Olympic 4x100m gold medallist
Evelyn would be a great person to run first leg. She has a great start and would have the confidence to lead off the team. Her short legs will help navigate the turns better and ensure my team will make a great start.
If you have ever met Evelyn, she has a swagger, almost a royal air. She is an all-round good person, who brings a real positive energy to the team, which I think is super-important for relays. I’ve learned the lesson in the past of running relays alongside athletes with poor energy. You can have the fastest runners in the world, but if they have poor energy, things just don’t go well. Evelyn would get things done on the first leg.
Second leg: Wilma Rudolph (USA)
1960 Olympic 100m, 200m and 4x100m champion
I’ve admired Wilma Rudolph since I first picked her as my topic to study at school as a youngster. She is part of black history and the person who forged the way for so many black athletes, such as myself, who followed.
I would pick her to run leg two because her long legs would open up and power down that back stretch. If you consider how fast she could run back then with the limited technological resources available to her with the benefits of today’s tracks, coaching and sports science, she’d definitely be the fastest woman in the world.
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