Rio de Janeiro, Aug 1 (IANS) After 45 days of closed training in the US, the Chinese men’s 4x100m relay team arrived in Rio De Janeiro, aiming to make history by entering the final at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Last summer, the Chinese men’s relay team surprised the world on its home soil as it clocked 38.01 seconds to take the silver medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, reports Xinhua.
China has never reached the Olympic final of men’s 4x100m relay. But now the “Fantastic Four” — former Youth Olympic 200m gold medallist Xie Zhenye, former world 100m youth champion Mo Youxue, Zhang Peimeng as well as Su Bingtian, the first ever Chinese to ever dip under the 10-second barrier — are ready to rewrite the history.
“Our 4x100m relay team is so far the best in the country’s sprinting history. Both Su Bingtian and Xie Zhenjie are in their best level. I hope we can make history again at the Olympics,” Zhang Peimeng, who has a 100m personal best of 10.00s, said on Sunday.
“It will be my third and final time to compete at the Olympics. I do not want to leave any regret,” he added.
Zhang’s ambition was echoed by Su, who has a personal best of 9.99s and is the first sprinter to ever enter the final at the World Championships.
“We have gathered plenty of experience competing internationally. We will not have stage fright any more,” said Su.
Su has caught a cold during his flight from Los Angeles to Rio since the temperature in the cabin was quite low. But he believed the cold would not have much effect on his final build-up for the Rio Games.