Knee injury rules Grabarz out of Gateshead

London 2012 bronze-medallist withdraws from Euro Team Champs as a precaution as Steve Lewis, Eilish McColgan and Freya Jones also out

Robbie Grabarz (Mark Shearman)

Four changes to the GB team for the European Athletics Team Championships in Gateshead were made on Tuesday, with Robbie Grabarz, Steve Lewis, Eilish McColgan and Freya Jones having withdrawn from the competition.

Olympic bronze medallist Grabarz has opted out as a precautionary measure for a knee injury and will be replaced by Tom Parsons, while pole vaulter Andrew Sutcliffe will fill the place of Steve Lewis who will miss the competition to undergo treatment to a shin injury.

Steeplechaser Eilish McColgan has pulled out with a calf niggle so Lennie Waite has stepped up to fill her spot, while Izzy Jeffs will replace Freya Jones in the javelin, with Jones opting to remain in the USA.

“Whilst it is disappointing to lose some great athletes from the team, with every disappointment comes an opportunity,” commented UKA’s head coach Peter Eriksson.

“Tom is showing a great return to form and it is good to see him back competing for Great Britain, whilst Andrew is also looking good.

“It is also a good opportunity for Lennie and Izzy to make their mark at this level in front of the home crowd and I am happy that the athletes stepping in can bring home the points needed to have a successful weekend.”

Further team changes were made on Wednesday with confirmation that James Dasaolu will solely focus on the 4x100m relay, with Richard Kilty replacing him in the individual 100m event, while a hamstring tear has forced Martyn Rooney to withdraw from the 4x400m relay.

Revised GB & NI team


100m: Richard Kilty; 200m: Danny Talbot; 400m: Nigel Levine; 800m: Andrew Osagie; 1500m: Charlie Grice; 3000m: David Bishop; 5000m: Mo Farah; 110mH: William Sharman; 400mH: Dai Greene; 3000mSC: Rob Mullett; High jump: Tom Parsons; Long jump: Greg Rutherford; Triple jump: Nathan Douglas; Pole vault: Andrew Sutcliffe; Shot: Zane Duquemin; Discus: Brett Morse; Hammer: Mark Dry; Javelin: Lee Doran; 4x100m: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Dwain Chambers, James Dasaolu, James Ellington, Joel Fearon, Adam Gemili, Richard Kilty, Danny Talbot; 4x400m: Michael Bingham, Richard Buck, Nigel Levine, Richard Strachan, Conrad Williams


100m: Asha Philip; 200m: Anyika Onuora; 400m: Perri Shakes-Drayton; 800m: Jessica Judd; 1500m: Hannah England; 3000m: Laura Weightman; 5000m: Emelia Gorecka; 100mH: Tiffany Porter; 400mH: Eilidh Child; 3000mSC: Lennie Waite; High Jump: Isobel Pooley; Long Jump: Shara Proctor; Triple jump: Yamile Aldama; Pole vault: Holly Bleasdale; Shot: Sophie McKinna; Discus: Jade Lally; Hammer: Sophie Hitchon; Javelin: Izzy Jeffs; 4x100m: Annabelle Lewis, Anyika Onuora, Asha Philip, Tiffany Porter, Bianca Williams; 4x400m: Meghan Beesley, Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Kirsten McAslan, Christine Ohuruogu, Victoria Ohuruogu

One Response to “Knee injury rules Grabarz out of Gateshead”

  1. Jeremy says:

    No complaints about Eilidh – she is brilliant and always gives her best. My question is why do we have to make events like Gateshead semi-experimental or a training session for the uninitiated. You'd never see the Americans fielding 3rd tier. They live by the philosophy that you aspire to be the best, and only then do you get selected – that's what creates motivation and success. The French, for example, are not holding back with Vicaut and Lemaître lining up for the respective sprints. I was so very disappointed to see that Dasaolu pulled out to save himself for another illusive day, and that Gemili, with the fastest 200 by a Briton in 5 years, is only running the 4 X 100 [maybe]. These are the only two Brits who can challenge the likes of the French guys, Saidy Ndure, Churandy Martina, Tumi, And Perri…not in the 4 X 400m relay. She is so needed and we need every link to be strong – the Russians and Ukrainians will murder us in the interim legs if we field the juniors on the list with barely sub 54 second times. However, in the 4 X 100 women's relay, there are juniors who should be in the team [jodie Williams and Dina Asher Smith]. So disappointing to not try and go and win this thing. The team looked so strong at one point.

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