The Belgian Cheetahs qualified for the final of the 4x400 metre relay on Sunday at the IAAF World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade with a national record, Belga News Agency reports.
Hanne Claes, Naomi Van Den Broeck, Imke Vervaet and Camille Laus finished third in the first heat with a time of 3:30.58, shaving 0.12 secs off the previous Belgian record, 3:32.46, set at the 2019 European Games in Glasgow by Claes, Laus, Cynthia Bolingo and Margo Van Puyvelde.
Laus swept past Britain’s Jessie Knight in the final metres to clinch third place and a berth in the final for Belgium.
The United States won the heat with a time of 3:28.82, ahead of the Netherlands (3:29.36). Britain placed 4th, with a time of 3:30.92, while 5th place went to Spain (3:34.92).
Poland won the other heat with a time of 3:30.51, ahead of Jamaica (3:30.91). The other teams failed to better the Belgians’ score, with Ireland placing third on 3:30.97, Canada 4th with 3:31.45 and Slovenia 5th with 3:37.08.
The winner and runner-up of each heat, along with the teams with two best times among the rest, qualify for the final, which takes place at 7:55 p.m.