Pavey, Yamauchi and Merrien lead GB marathon team for Daegu

Marathon selections made for IAAF World Championships in Daegu

Jo Pavey (Mark Shearman)

Following her 2:28:24 debut in London last weekend, Jo Pavey is one of eight athletes selected by UKA to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Pavey’s performance is not only an ‘A’ standard for Daegu this summer, but it’s also comfortably inside the Olympic Games ‘A’ standard of 2:31:00, which was Pavey’s main aim for last Sunday’s race.

The Exeter athlete was initially unsure about whether she would compete at the World Championships, but recently confirmed that she would run in Daegu.

Last weekend was the final opportunity for athletes to meet standards or show fitness over lesser distances. Debutante Louise Damen and Scotland’s Susan Partridge also took to the streets of the capital and gained selection with their respective PBs of 2:30.00 and 2:34.13.

Following withdrawal from the marathon due to injury in January earlier this year, Mara Yamauchi is named to compete at the World Championships following a completed and approved fitness test at the request of head coach Charles van Commenee.

Alyson Dixon achieved team selection with her time of 2:34.51 set at the Brighton Marathon just a few weeks ago and backed up by a 2010 New York Marathon time of 2:42.00. Although the Brighton course was not listed by the IAAF as a ratified course, due to a late submission of paperwork, selectors agreed that in respect to course measurement the time run is legal in terms of accuracy and therefore meets the sub 2:35.00 time needed for selection.

Three British men ran in London and were subsequently selected, all meeting the UK Athletics’ ‘team’ standard of 2:16 for the IAAF World Championships. They are led by Lee Merrien, the first men’s British finisher from the Virgin London Marathon in 14th with a lifetime best of 2:14.27.

He is joined by Andrew Lemoncello, who made his debut over 26.2 miles in London last year and clocked a solid 2:15.24 this time around, despite struggling in the latter stages. Dave Webb finished third Brit in 2:17.41 after falling off the pace, but his time of 2:15.42 ran in Seville in early 2010 secured his place on the flight to Korea.

UKA head of endurance Ian Stewart said: “The positive performances at the weekend have made us able to select strong teams for the World Championships in Daegu. After a great European Championships in Barcelona for both the men’s and women’s teams we are keeping that momentum going into the 2011 summer season and are confident these athletes will represent the Aviva GB&NI team well in Korea.”

British marathon team for IAAF World Championships:

Women: Louise Damen, Alyson Dixon, Susan Partridge, Jo Pavey, Mara Yamauchi
Men: Andrew Lemoncello, Lee Merrien, Dave Webb

One Response to “Pavey, Yamauchi and Merrien lead GB marathon team for Daegu”

  1. Running Observer says:

    Well done to the ladies for their times.

    The men, well done for their performances, but I suspect people who ran these times in the past would be turning in their graves being selected for major games with such relatively slow times…

    It doesn't appear, with the exception of Mo Farah and Chris Thompson, who do their own thing with very limited interface with British Athletics that male endurance running is progressing under their stewardship?

    Again whilst their were some outstanding British male U20 and U17 performances last year I don't think this had anything to do with British Athletics but the coach's of those exceptional young athletes. I wish them much success – remember being a great athlete is about the selfish obsession with being the best – don't compromise to keep others happy!

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