In Nassau, 14 participants for the Olympics were contested in each discipline. The greatest hopes were placed in the mixed relay team, which finished sensationally third at the World Championships in Budapest last year. On Saturday, the Czech mix finished fourth, i.e. two rungs behind the promotion line.

However, the Czechs did not start the correction run, as last year’s time from Budapest of 3:11.98 gives them a fairly decent chance of qualifying for the Olympics. The competitors from the mixed relay thus strengthened the men’s and women’s lineup, but the opponents were still faster.

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The closest were the fourth-place finishers, who missed participation in Paris by only nine hundredths. The finisher, Patrik Šorm, pulled his opponent powerfully in the finish line. The Zambian was still able to spurt, but he was just behind the Pole. The time of 3:03.00 was not enough this time.

The fourth-place finishers finished in the same position – i.e. one place away from promotion. They were 46 hundredths short of the second Spaniard. Lada Vondrová passed the pin to Barbora Malíková, who finished fourth. She managed to improve by one place, but even a very respectable performance of 3:27.76 was not enough for the second place.

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There was also a short men’s 4×100 meter relay. After Saturday’s time of 39.31, the Czech quartet hoped to improve. Although the sprinters succeeded, the performance of 39.20 was far behind the advanced positions.