Three African relay teams qualify for London 2012

SA & Kenya will compete in London, Nigeria misses out / Photo: Yomi Omogbeja

Only three African countries made the cut to run the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m Relays at the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London this month, the International Associations of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed.

South Africa (2nd) and Kenya (11th) qualified in the men's 4x400m relay but no African country will race in the men's 4x100m event. Nigeria is the sole African representative in the women's 4x100m (6th) and 4x400m (9th) respectively.

As the qualification period for the London 2012 Games ended on Monday July 2, 2012, the IAAF used the aggregate of the two fastest times achieved by national teams in the qualification period of January 1, 2011 to July 2, 2012  - which can be found here to compile the final placings.

According to the IAAF, for the results to be valid for qualification purposes, a minimum of three international teams had to have competed in each race.

The complete 16 teams, per each of the four relays, which have qualified to compete are below:

Men 4x100m
1 JAM
2 USA
3 FRA
4 GBR
5 TRI
6 BRA
7 GER
8 POL
9 SKN
10 HKG
11 CAN
12 ITA
13 JPN
14 CHN
15 AUS
16 NED

Men 4x400m
1 USA
2 RSA
3 JAM
4 CUB
5 RUS
6 BEL
7 GBR
8 BAH
9 GER
10 TRI
11 KEN
12 VEN
13 AUS
14 DOM
15 JPN
16 POL

Women 4x100m
1 USA
2 JAM
3 UKR
4 FRA
5 GER
6 NGR
7 NED
8 RUS
9 BRA
10 POL
11 TRI
12 COL
13 JPN
14 SUI
15 BAH
16 BLR

Women 4x400m
1 USA
2 RUS
3 JAM
4 GBR
5 UKR
6 BLR
7 CZE
8 FRA
9 NGR
10 CUB
11 GER
12 ITA
13 IRL
14 BRA
15 POL
16 TUR

The qualification period for all other event disciplines ends on July 8, 2012. See the full qualification standards and information for all events at the London Olympics.

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