The World Relays are almost here—and we can’t think of a better way to ease into the track season. There is, however, some disappointment at Track Stats towers that there’s no distance medley relay (DMR) in the programme this year. So we’ve decided to do one of our own.
Using all-time lists, we’ve come up with eight “fantasy” teams that take the best athlete for each country in the 1000m, 400m, 800m and mile (no athlete repeated twice and we haven’t mixed marks of old countries with modern equivalents). Our version of the DMR is 190.66m short than the official event: we swapped the 1200m for the 1000m, and 1600m for the mile to mirror the data available on the IAAF website’s all-time lists.
On this criteria, there were 12 contenders, with only eight advancing to our final (Australia, Russia, Netherlands, Belgium didn’t make the cut). James McIlroy gets the nod over Steve Ovett in the British team for the 1000m—and expect them to finish quickly with Seb Coe and Steve Cram on the last two legs. Can van Niekerk get South Africa in contention for a top three finish? Can a classic USA team (Wohlhuter, Johnson, Gray, Webb) challenge the Kenyans? Scroll down to find out (mobile users might want to switch to a landscape view for this chart).