First, for a second day running, this was just amazing appearing on the BBC report on the first wave selections as concerns Greg Rutherford. Somewhere in the middle it has that:
"As well as Douglas, European long-jump silver medallist Greg Rutherford, Sam Ellis and Rhys Williams - European bronze medallists in the 800m and 400m hurdles respectively - will all miss the trip to Japan because of injury."
However, towards the end it reads (selections):
"Long Jump: Greg Rutherford, Chris Tomlinson"!!!!!
Anyway, Greg Rutherford is on the team, but such a contradiction of content in the same report, apparently by the same individual, is somewhat a low point for the standards of such a world-leading news organisation.
As concerns first wave selections, I must admit I have been astonished to see 49 athletes named in the first segment of the team, nonetheless totally bearing out my prediction of between 50 to 60 athletes going to Osaka earlier in spring, which of course was mocked at the time by the known ones on a well-known site. So there are going to be a convoy of taxis heading to Heathrow! Again, Lsabre scored!
The first wave have as follows:
100m: Marlon Devonish, Craig Pickering
400m: Martyn Rooney, Andrew Steele
800m: Michael Rimmer
1500m: Andy Baddeley
5000m: Mo Farah
Marathon & IAAF World Cup: Peter Riley, Daniel Robinson
3000m steeplechase: Andrew Lemoncello
110m hurdles: Andy Turner
400m hurdles: Dale Garland
High Jump: Martyn Bernard, Germaine Mason
Pole Vault: Steve Lewis
Long Jump: Greg Rutherford, Chris Tomlinson
Triple Jump: Phillips Idowu
4x100m relay: Marlon Devonish, Tyrone Edgar, Mark Lewis-Francis, Craig Pickering
4x400m relay: Tim Benjamin, Martyn Rooney, Andrew Steele, Robert Tobin
100m: Montel Douglas
200m: Joice Maduaka
400m: Nicola Sanders
800m: Jemma Simpson, Marilyn Okoro
1500m: Abby Westley, Lisa Dobriskey
5000m: Jo Pavey
10,000m: Jo Pavey
Marathon & IAAF World Cup: Tracey Morris, Mara Yamauchi
3000m steeplechase: Helen Clitheroe, Hatti Dean
400m hurdles: Tasha Danvers-Smith
Pole Vault: Kate Dennison
Javelin: Goldie Sayers
Heptathlon: Jessica Ennis, Kelly Sotherton
20km walk: Joanna Jackson
4x100m relay: Montel Douglas, Emily Freeman, Jeanette Kwakye, Joice Maduaka, Laura Turner
4x400m relay: Vicky Barr, Donna Fraser, Lee McConnell, Jenny Meadows, Nicola Sanders
First, I wonder why Jon Brown isn 't named on the team. I was under the impression that he was named after the London marathon and was dut to compete over a half-marathon around this time. Is he to be considered a late selection but on what grounds?
Second, I 'd have liked the selectors to wait a little more on the men 's 400mh slot, as what happens if Steve Green or David Greene, who withdrew late for the Trials, run faster than Dale Garland until the deadline? The latter, incidentally, holds a faster time than Garland and recently won an epic gold at the U23 Europeans.
The fact is that there is still a good number of athletes vying for further places to Osaka, which could swell the team 's ranks substantially. Crucial points are:
The men 's third spot over 100m which is going to be a tighlty contested affair to the end with Mark Lewis-Francis, Simeon Williamson and Tyrone Edgar all showing good form with hardly anything sufficient enough separating them. This should be a most breathtaking contest I reckon!
The men 's 200m as Marlon Devonish isn 't apparently going to double up, where Christian Malcolm is having a late chance to show form and confirm his place. Otherwise, we could see a youngster like Nelson or Fagan getting a late call-up to the side.
The men 's 400m where Tim Benjamin will be looking to book an individual place on Friday at Crystal Palace against the likes of Jeremy Warriner.
Richard Hill could snatch a late qualifier in the 800m showing a rise in form currently, while there are four strong contenders for two places in the 1500m with Stephen Davies, Tom Lancashire, Nick McCormick and Neil Speaight out in a make or break race at Crystal Palace on Friday. Chris Thompson could also get a chance to show his quality in a 5000m somewhere around Europe though his fitness is questionable right now.
Alan Scott could add his name to the 110mh as he already holds the A standard and a solid late display could see him through. Jermayne Mays may also make a late bid in the steeplechase.
In the jumps, Nathan Morgan could definitely land a jump over 8.20m, while there are Tom Parsons and Samson Oni who should fight it out for the third spot in the men 's high jump.
Carl Myerscough is still in with a shout at a berth on the team, as should Nick Nieland in the javelin.
There is also one place to be filled in the 4x100m relay, and two in the longer one.
On the women 's side, I would expect Jeanette Kwakye and Laura Turner to land the A standard in the 100m provided they get a race under proper weather and wind conditions, and Emily Freeman is capable of grabbing a 200m spot along with Kwakye who needs an agonising 0.01 secs faster to make it!
Christine Ohuruogu could even land an individual place if she shows good form in a time trial on Thursday, but should be assured of at least a place in the relay, as she holds the A standard with 50.28 from the Commonwealths last year. Rumours have it that she is in very good shape!
Then, of course, it 's the third spot in the women 's 800m that is going to be decided between Jenny Meadows, who is already named in the long relay, and late challenging Becky Lyne in a fierce showdown in London on Friday. Could Katrina Wooton add her name to the 1500m line-up as well?
There is no news still on Paula Radcliffe, so is she or is she not going to go?
Lee McConnell and Sarah Claxton are going to have their last chances to net an individual berth in the hurdles, along with Jade Johnson in the long jump and Phillipa Roles in the discus.
Finally, there is also a place apiece on offer for the two relays.