Illawong Revesby Workers Athletics break 24-year-old open women's 4x100 relay record at Athletics NSW Relay Championships

Record breakers: Illawong's open women's relay team. Picture: Supplied
Record breakers: Illawong's open women's relay team. Picture: Supplied

Illawong Revesby Workers Athletics have broken a 24-year-old record in taking out the open women’s 4x100 metre relay at the Athletics NSW Relay Championships.

Illawong were victorious in the blue-ribbon event by just 0.003 seconds to smash the old mark set almost a quarter of a century ago by a team that featured Olympian Melinda Gainsford-Taylor.

The Michael Dooley-coached Illawong team, featuring Rio Olympian Jessica Thornton alongside former world junior representative Abbie Taddeo, Carlie McIver and Tomasin Clark, just held off the UTS Norths team.

Illawong finished in 45.42 seconds to break the record by .26s which had been held by Cumberland Ryde-Hornsby since 1994.

Sydney University, with two Commonwealth Games representatives, finished third.

On day two, the Illawong team secured the double, taking out the 4x200m event in 1 minute, 37.42 seconds, just one second outside their own state record.

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