Chandra Cheeseborough's dream relay team (Getty Images) © Copyright
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My dream relay team – Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice

In the last of our series ahead of the IAAF/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2017 set for Nassau on 22-23 April, we ask 1984 Olympic 400m silver medallist Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice to select her all-star women’s 4x400m team.

First leg: Valerie Brisco-Hooks (USA)

1984 Olympic 200m and 400m champion

Valerie Brisco-Hooks in the 4x400m at the 1988 Olympic Games (Getty Images)Valerie Brisco-Hooks in the 4x400m at the 1988 Olympic Games (Getty Images) © Copyright


Valerie (who beat Cheeseborough-Guice to Olympic 400m gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Games) was an awesome runner and I have put her on first leg because I know she could split a 48 (second) leg. Valerie was always such a great competitor, a really aggressive runner and a hard worker.

Second leg: Cathy Freeman (AUS)

2000 Olympic 400m gold medallist and 1997 and 1999 world 400m champion

Cathy Freeman in the 4x400m at the IAAF World Championships (Getty Images)Cathy Freeman in the 4x400m at the IAAF World Championships (Getty Images) © Copyright


Cathy Freeman was always a very graceful runner who I fondly recall winning 400m gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The way she ran seemed so effortless. I recall that Sydney Olympic final, the crowd roaring and cheering for her. I know she could also run a 48 (second) leg and I’m confident with her strength she could extend that lead.

Third leg: Madeline Manning Mims (USA)

1968 Olympic 800m champion and 1972 Olympic 4x400m silver medallist

USA's Madeline Manning ()USA's Madeline Manning () © Copyright


She was a very talented and versatile 400m/800m runner who competed across three Olympic Games, and who to this day is still the only US woman to win the Olympic 800m title. I really like her style and even if she couldn’t quite split a 49 (second) leg, she could definitely run a 50.

Fourth leg: Marie-Jose Perec (FRA)

1992 and 1996 Olympic 400m gold medallist and 1991 and 1995 world 400m champion

French sprinter Marie-Jose Perec (Getty Images)French sprinter Marie-Jose Perec (Getty Images) © Copyright


Standing at almost 6ft, Marie-Jose was very fluent and I like the thought of putting a 200m/400m sprinter on the last leg. She was also such a graceful runner and it would be hard to stop her on that final leg.

 I think with Valerie, Cathy and Marie-Jose all capable of a 48-second split and Madeline a 50, this team could go very fast.

 Steve Landells for the IAAF