BRITISH relay runners have not enjoyed much luck or good press of late.
Whether it is running out of lanes or fumbling batons, these European Championships have provided plenty of material for a case study in how not to do it.
Scots Lee McConnell and Eilidh Child, alongside Nicola Sanders and Shana Cox, did at least complete the distance in their 4x400m final but they were left frustrated with fourth, which rules them out of the Olympics, and also cursing their luck. Track officials didn't help with their disorganised management of the changeover process which left hurdles specialist Child, running the anchor leg, simply too much to do as the Czech Republic claimed bronze, while France took silver and Ukraine gold.
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