It is time that UK Athletics re-examined their selection criteria and get rid of such a subjective approach which produces team lists riddled with double standards and nepotism. Athletics should be about the performances of the individual, not about whether they have fallen out of favour with the national federation – look at Greece who are just praying that somebody runs the A standard in the womens 100m so that they don’t have to take Katerina Thanou.
So my suggestions for reform would include:
Medalists at the World Champs should be pre selected provided that they can show that they are healthy – as happens with British Swimming
Athletes finishing in the top two of the national championships who have secured the A standard this year should be selected. If an athlete finishes within the top two but has not secured the A standard this year, they should be selected if they have performed the A standard within the last 12 months and have secured at least the B standard this year – this is likely to take into account those athletes who have had a slow start to the season and those who have a habit of peaking for big championships.
In events where we have more than three potential team members, the first two places should be decided by the trials with the third place being decided solely on the basis of this years performances – the fastest, furthest or highest athlete should be selected.