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8x100m relay with 500 athletes to finish Youth Olympics track competition


Track & Field: 2012 Summer Olympics: Closeup of baton before Women’s 4x400M Relay Final at Olympic Stadium. Equipment. London, United Kingdom 8/11/2012 CREDIT: Simon Bruty (Photo by Simon Bruty /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X155202 TK6 R2 F42 )

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Athletes from every track and field discipline -- even discus throwers -- will compete in a groundbreaking 8x100m mixed-nation, mixed-gender relay at the Youth Olympics on Tuesday.

Eight randomly selected athletes will make up each team. For instance, an American male sprinter could pass a baton to a Chinese female hammer thrower.

The event, with over 500 athletes taking part, will happen outside the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center stadium and on a track on the streets near the Olympic Village.

“I haven’t done any special training,” Irish discus thrower Eoin Sheridan said, according to “But I think it’s a good idea.”

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