Italy take the spoils in World Athletics Relays 4x400m mixed relay final 

CHARZOW, POLAND - MAY 02: Italy celebrate winning the 4x400 Metres Relay race on Day Two of the IAAF World Athletics Relay Silesia21 at the Merchant logo Slaski Stadium on May 02, 2021 in Charzow, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)
CHARZOW, POLAND - MAY 02: Italy celebrate winning the 4x400 Metres Relay race on Day Two of the IAAF World Athletics Relay Silesia21 at the Merchant logo Slaski Stadium on May 02, 2021 in Charzow, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

The Italians, who were one of 23 relay teams to qualify for Tokyo 2020 through Saturday's heats, stormed home to win Sunday's final in 3:17.54. The athletics mixed relay event will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo this summer. 

Italy have won the World Athletics Relays 4x400m mixed relay final in Silesia, Poland, just a day after securing their qualification for Tokyo 2020. The athletics mixed relay, which will make its Olympic debut this summer, is one of the most eagerly anticipated additions to this year's Games.

The final saw Italy storm into a halfway lead through Edoardo Scotti and Giancarla Trevisan. It was a position they never looked like relinquishing, with Alice Mangione running a strong third leg and David Re holding onto first place as Brazil and Dominican Republic upped the pressure on the final lap.

Second place went to the Brazilians, with Anderson Freitas Henriques, Tiffani Silva Marinho, Geisa Aparecida Coutinho and Alison Dos Santos running home in 3:17.54, while Dominican Republic took the final spot on the podium as Lidio Andres Feliz, Anabel Medina Ventura, Marileidy Paulino and Alexander Ogando posted a time of 3:17.58.

Italy had only secured their qualification for the Olympic Games during Saturday's heats, where 23 teams across all relay disciplines booked their spots in Tokyo by merit of qualifying for Sunday's finals. They will join countries that have already qualified due to their performances at the Doha 2019 World Championships and 16 other teams who will be allocated spots through the World Athletics top performance lists on 29 June 2021.

Which teams have qualified for Tokyo 2020?

Women's 4x100m

Netherlands, France, Poland, Ecuador, Japan, Denmark (qualified through World Athletics Relays), Jamaica, Great Britain, USA, Switzerland, Germany, Trinidad & Tobago, Italy, China (qualified through World Athletics Championships).

Two places to be allocated through through the World Athletics top performance lists on 29 June 2021.

Men's 4x100m

Italy, Germany, Ghana, Denmark (qualified through World Athletics Relays), USA, Great Britain, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, China, France, Netherlands (qualified through World Athletics Championships).

Four places to be allocated through through the World Athletics top performance lists on 29 June 2021.

Women's 4x400m

Cuba, Germany, Italy, France (qualified through World Athletics Relays), USA, Poland, Jamaica, Great Britain, Belgium, Ukraine, Netherlands, Canada (qualified through World Athletics Championships).

Four places to be allocated through through the World Athletics top performance lists on 29 June 2021.

Men's 4x400m

Netherlands, Japan, South Africa, Botswana (qualified through World Athletics Relays), USA, Jamaica, Belgium, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Italy, France, Great Britain (qualified through World Athletics Championships).

Four places to be allocated through through the World Athletics top performance lists on 29 June 2021.

Mixed 4x400m

Italy, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain (qualified through World Athletics Relays), USA, Jamaica, Bahrain, Great Britain, Poland, Belgium, India, Brazil (qualified through World Athletics Championships).

Three places to be allocated through through the World Athletics top performance lists on 29 June 2021.

CHARZOW, POLAND - MAY 02: Rose Mary Almanza (C) of Cuba celebrates with her team mates after winning the 4x400 Metres Relay race on Day Two of the IAAF World Athletics Relay Silesia21 at the Merchant logo Slaski Stadium on May 02, 2021 in Charzow, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)
CHARZOW, POLAND - MAY 02: Rose Mary Almanza (C) of Cuba celebrates with her team mates after winning the 4x400 Metres Relay race on Day Two of the IAAF World Athletics Relay Silesia21 at the Merchant logo Slaski Stadium on May 02, 2021 in Charzow, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)
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World Athletics Relays full results

Mixed 4x400 relay final

  1. Italy (3:16.60)
  2. Brazil (3:17.54)
  3. Dominican Republic (3:17.58)
  4. Belgium (3:17.92)
  5. Great Britain (3:18.87)
  6. Spain (3:19.65)
  7. Ireland (3:20.26)
  8. Netherlands (3:21.02)

Men's 4x100m relay final

  1. South Africa (38.71)
  2. Italy (39.21)
  3. Japan (39.42)
  4. Denmark (39.56)

Netherlands (DNF), Germany (DNF), Brazil (DQ), Ghana (DQ)

Women's 4x100m relay final

  1. Italy (43.79)
  2. Poland (44.10)
  3. Netherlands (44.10)
  4. Japan (44.40)
  5. Ecuador (44.43)
  6. Denmark (45.34)

France (DNF), Switzerland (DNF)

Women's 4x200m relay final

  1. Poland (1:34.98)
  2. Ireland (1:35.93)
  3. Ecuador (1:36.86)
  4. Denmark (1:37.80)
  5. Kenya (1:38.26)

Men's 4x200m relay final

  1. Germany (1:22.43)
  2. Kenya (1:24.26)
  3. Portugal (1:24.53)
  4. Ecuador (1:24.89)

Denmark (DNF), Poland (DQ)

Women's 4x400m relay final

  1. Cuba (3:28.41)
  2. Poland (3:28.81)
  3. Great Britain (3:29.27)
  4. Netherlands (3:30.12)
  5. Italy (3:32.69)
  6. Germany (3:33.00)
  7. Belgium (3:37.66)
  8. France (3:40.58)

Men's 4x400m relay final

  1. Netherlands (3:03.45)
  2. Japan (3:04.45)
  3. Botswana (3:04.77)
  4. Italy (3:05.11)
  5. South Africa (3:05.76)
  6. Colombia (3:05.91)
  7. France (3:06.16)
  8. Belgium (3:10.74)