U.S., Great Britain To Go Head-To-Head During Track Meet Next Summer In London
British Athletics and USA Track & Field have joined to create a new head-to-head team track event set for July 21, 2018, at London Stadium. Dubbed “The Meet,” the dual meet will last just two hours and include nine to-be-determined individual and relay events that will generate team points. U.K. Athletics is hosting and organizing the event. “Team competition captures the attention of fans in a way that brings excitement, attention and focus to our sport,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. The two NGBs finalized their plans during the recently completed IAAF World Championships in London (Ben Fischer, Staff Writer). While the events "haven't been announced for 'The Meet,' relays look to be a highlight for fans." Great Britain won the Gold Medal in the 4x100 men's relay at the IAAF World Championships earlier the month, with the U.S. finishing second. The results were reversed (U.S. first, Great Britain second) in the women's 4x100 and 4x400 (USATODAY.com, 8/16). “The Meet” is "similar to swimming’s 'Duel in the Pool,' a biennial head-to-head competition" between the U.S. and Australia from '03-07 and the U.S. and Europe from '09-15 (NBCSPORTS.com, 8/16).