Ireland's relay team sprinted to second place at the IAAF World Relays this evening at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzow, Poland.

The 4x200m team of Aoife Lynch, Kate Doherty, Sarah Quinn, and Sophie Becker ran a new national record to finish just over a second behind behind Poland and comfortably ahead of Ecuador in third.

And anchor leg athlete Becker from Raheny Shamrocks said that she was inspired by the mixed relay side, who secured their ticket to Tokyo on Saturday.

"I was really excited to run after seeing the 4x400 yesterday and watching the girls run the first three legs, I was just dying to get going," said Becker, speaking on Athletics Ireland's social media platform.

"I felt the cold in the last 30 metres and I started to seize up a bit, but I kept pushing. I'm delighted."

The mixed relay team finished seventh in the 4x400 metres final, having qualified for the Olympics in the heats, however, in cold conditions in Poland they were unable to match that display.

The team of Christopher O'Donnell, Phil Healy, Sharlene Mawdsley and Thomas Barr finished third in their heat behind Brazil and Dominican Republic.

Barr was left out today with Andrew Mellon coming in to the team.

Today's race did not go as to plan, with the team trailing throughout and posting a time of 3:20.26.

However, the overall goal was complete by posting the qualification time on Saturday.

Italy won the race in a time of 3:16.60, with Brazil second and Dominican Republic third.