“It has been a crazy five weeks. It would be absolutely amazing to win a medal, but that is not the thing I think about right now. It is about staying focused.
“That is where my head has been for the past week. It hasn’t been in what happened. It hasn’t been about the 100m or 200m. It has been about me getting back on the training track and making sure I bring my absolute A-game to this race.
“Of course, it would mean incredible things to everybody. We were the bronze medalists in Rio. It would be amazing for us to get another medal again, for all of us, for all of our lives, for all of our individual dreams and aspirations.”
Drawn alongside reigning Olympic champions United States and silver medalists Jamaica, the British quartet knew they faced a tough task to even secure their place in the final. In fact, once the gun fired it never looked in doubt.
Already leading by the time Lansiquot handed the baton to third-leg runner Asher-Smith, the British team continued to pull clear, even allowing Neita to ease down in the second half of her leg.
Jamaica remain gold-medal favourites with Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won 100m gold and silver, due to come into the team for the final, but Britain’s performance will give them huge confidence of making the podium.
“A medal is definitely on the cards for us,” said Philip. “It was a good race, a nice warm-up for us.
“We were up at 4am, on the 6.40am bus and started warming up at 7.30am. All these times we haven’t seen in a while. So it was great for us to come out with that.”
After multiple disasters in the individual sprints, where Adam Gemili tore his hamstring and both Zharnel Hughes and Reece Prescod were disqualified for false starts, the British men’s 4x100m quartet look to be on the road to redemption after qualifying second from their semi-final behind Jamaica.
The team of Chijindu Ujah, Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake clocked 38.02 – the fifth fastest time of the semi-finals. Continuing their dismal run in Olympic men’s 4x100m relays, the United States failed to qualify.