A few days later in a small meeting in Hull we had the following results:
Hammer Circle Midweek Challenge - Hull, 3 Aug 2011
1 Alex Smith 74.62 6.03.88 Sale Harriers Manchester
2 James Bedford 68.98 29.12.88 Birchfield Harriers / Leeds Metropolitan University
1 Lois Earl 32.74 20.07.91 U23 Kingston upon Hull / Hull University
The result for Alex Smith is included in the IAAF rankings, TOPS rankings and the Hammer Circle rankings but not on the Power of 10. Perhaps someone can explain why? Every year we have similar competitions with one or two in an age group and yet these performances are included. Is there a rule that says there has to be a minimum of 3 in a competition? I've seen a few hurdles races this year with less than 3 in a race yet these have been included in the rankings.
As far as UKA selection criteria are concerned they have a list of domestic meets where qualifying performances count. No similar criteria are stated for performances abroad. Why? UKA required 2 'B' standards to be considered for selection and yet at least one other was selected with one 'B' standard as there is some discretion. I would have hoped that if the Hull 'B' standard had been accepted then discretion on his uphill performance when winning the trials would have been exercised.
So, why is the result not in the Power of 10 yet is included in all the other ranking sites? What are the rules regarding number of competitors? Is there some other reason that results from this meeting do not count? Why can very small overseas meetings count for selection purposes and not similar ones in this country?
Too late for Alex to be selected but interested to get some clarity on the above.