The French 4x100m team at the IAAF World Relays (© Getty Images)
France has named teams in all six sprint-based events for the IAAF/BTC World Relays, Bahamas 2015, along with a women’s distance medley relay team.
After winning the European titles outdoors and indoors over the past 12 months, perhaps their best bet of a podium placing in Nassau rests with the women’s 4x400m team. It includes Floria Guei, who ran a storming anchor leg to bring them the European title in Zurich last year.
The men’s 4x100m team will be looking for redemption of sorts in Nassau. After qualifying for the final last year, the team was forced to make a last-minute withdrawal after first-leg runner Arnaud Remy picked up an injury before getting into his blocks.
This year’s squad includes 2013 European indoor champion Jimmy Vicaut and three-time European champion Christophe Lemaitre.
France’s best finish in Nassau last year came in the men’s 4x200m in which they set a European record to finish third. Two members of that team – Lemaitre and Ben Bassaw – will be in the Bahamian capital once again this year.
French team for Bahamas 2015
4x100m: Emmanuel Biron, Christophe Lemaitre, Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux, Teddy Tinmar, Jimmy Vicaut, Pierre Vincent
4x200m: Ben Bassaw, Christophe Lemaitre, Pierre-Alexis Pessonneaux, Marvin Rene, Teddy Tinmar, Pierre Vincent
4x400m: Mame-Ibra Anne, Teddy Venel, Yoann Decimus, Mamoudou Hanne, Thomas Jordier
4x100m: Stella Akakpo, Celine Distel-Bonnet, Jennifer Galais, Ayodele Ikuesan, Veronique Mang
4x200m: Stella Akakpo, Celine Distel-Bonnet, Jennifer Galais, Ayodele Ikuesan, Veronique Mang
4x400m: Elea Mariama Diarra, Marie Gayot, Floria Guei, Lenora Guion-Firmin, Brigitte Ntiamoah, Agnes Raharolahy
Distance medley: Renelle Lamote, Clarisse Moh, Claire Perraux, Deborah Sananes