Andrea Lynch backs Team GB for Olympic relay gold

Team GB won gold at the European Championships in Zurich in August (©GettyImages)

Former British 100 metre record holder Andrea Lynch has heaped the praise on the nation's current crop of female sprinters and insisted they can win Olympic relay gold in two years time.

Lynch, who won the European indoor 60m title in 1975, believes the squad Team GB has assembled in 2014 will be enough to see success at the Olympics.

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In an interview with Athletics Weekly, the 61-year-old revealed her admiration for the team.

Impressed

"I love the new team," she said. "They run with joy, they're vibrant, enthusiastic, intelligent. I was so impressed with them this year. They clearly enjoy what they are doing and they are great role models."

After the quartet of Asha Philip, Ashleigh Nelson, Jodie Williams and Desiree Henry broke the national record to win relay gold at the European Championships in August, the squad, with Anyika Onuora in place of Williams, set a new record just 11 days later in the Diamond League meet in Zurich.

Breakthrough

Those two performances capped off what had been a memorable, breakthrough year for British female sprinting. After 40 years without an individual sprint medal at the European's - Lynch's third place in 1974 - 23-year-old Nelson powered her way to a first senior medal (bronze).

Elsewhere, Jodie Williams won 200m silver at both the Europeans and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with namesake Bianca finishing one place behind in Scotland.

These successes, combined with two national records in the relays, has led Lynch to believe Team GB can win women's Olympic 4X100m gold for the first time in history.

Positive thinking

"You have to think positive and if you don't think you're going to do something then you never will.

"Someone once told me I was the most positive-thinking athlete they knew. When I got down in the blocks I wanted to win.

"If they have the same attitude then I can see our sprinters booming in Rio. They might not break the world record but they can win gold for sure."

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