There’s a new addition to this year’s track and field program at the Olympics: a 4x400m mixed team relay.
The heats have just taken place, with Poland, Netherlands, Jamaica, Great Britain, Belgium, Ireland, Germany and Spain all qualifying for the final. Dominican Republic and the United States were both disqualified.
It was a welcome boost for the atmosphere inside the stadium, with some runners shouting encouragement to their teammates from the sidelines.
The men and women can compete in any order, but most teams opted to put male runners in the first and fourth legs, and female runners in the second and third.
Nigeria mixed it up in the first heat, going man, woman, man, woman. It didn’t exactly pay off though - their runners finished last.