Lynsey Sharp will be the sole British entrant in women’s 800m, beating off four other athletes with the ‘A’ standard
The British Olympic Association today revealed the list of 71 athletes who will represent Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.
Many athletes had been automatically selected after the Olympic Trials, after finishing top two in their event and being in possession of an ‘A’ standard.
Other events, meanwhile, were left open as athletes were given a chance to chase further qualifying marks in the lead up to the deadline.
Most controversial of all though, is the inclusion of Lynsey Sharp. The 800m runner does not have an ‘A’ standard, while two other Britons – Marilyn Okoro and Emma Jackson – achieved the mark this year, and Jemma Simpson and Jenny Meadows both have ‘A’ standards from last year.
But Sharp threw a spanner in the works when she won the Trials race, as Okoro and Jackson struggled and missed out on automatic selection. The Scot added further weight to her chances when winning a silver medal at the European Championships last week.
In selecting Sharp off the back of having just the ‘B’ standard, it meant that UKA could not select any of the four athletes with the ‘A’ standard. Okoro – who earlier today tweeted “I’m quitting” – has been included in the 4x400m.
Elsewhere, there were other notable inclusions and omissions. Athletes with two ‘A’ standards from last year – including UK 100m champion Dwain Chambers and former world 1500m silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey – have been added to the team. 400m runners Lee McConnell and Nigel Levine only have one ‘A’ standard each, but have been given a spot in the individual event as they had been named in the relay.
Others, though – including Gareth Warburton in the 800m and European bronze medallist Danny Talbot in the 200m – have not been named on the team, despite satisfying the IAAF selection criteria by having one ‘A’ standard.
Chambers, who will compete in both the 100m and 4x100m, is not the only athlete with a drugs past to be included in the team as Carl Myerscough has been selected in the shot. Up until April this year, both athletes were still subject to a lifetime Olympic ban set by the BOA, which has since been lifted.
In other events, Stuart Stokes was selected over Luke Gunn in the 3000m steeplechase, while Andy Turner and Rhys Williams grabbed the third and final spots in the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles respectively, two of the most competitive events in the country.
Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis are among the biggest names in the team and will carry with them the heaviest weight of expectation. Farah has been named in both the 5000m and 10,000m, while Ennis goes in the heptathlon and has only been included in the 100m hurdles as a back-up.
100m: Dwain Chambers, James Dasaolu, Adam Gemili
200m: James Ellington, Christian Malcolm
400m: Nigel Levine, Martyn Rooney, Conrad Williams
800m: Andrew Osagie, Michael Rimmer
1500m: Andy Baddeley, Ross Murray
5000m: Mo Farah, Nick McCormick
10,000m: Farah, Chris Thompson
3000mSC: Stuart Stokes
110mH: Lawrence Clarke, Andrew Pozzi, Andy Turner
400mH: Jack Green, Dai Greene, Rhys Williams
High jump: Robbie Grabarz
Pole vault: Steve Lewis
Long jump: Greg Rutherford, Chris Tomlinson
Triple jump: Phillips Idowu
Shot: Carl Myerscough
Discus: Abdul Buhari, Brett Morse, Lawrence Okoye
Hammer: Alex Smith
Javelin: Mervyn Luckwell
Decathlon: Daniel Awde
50kmW: Dominic King
4x100m: Chambers, Dasaolu, Ellington, Gemili, Mark Lewis-Francis, Malcolm, Danny Talbot, Simeon Williamson
4x400m: Richard Buck, Green, Greene, Luke Lennon-Ford, Levine, Rooney, Rob Tobin, Williams
100m: Anyika Onuora, Abi Oyepitan
200m: Margaret Adeoye, Onuora, Oyepitan
400m: Shana Cox, Lee McConnell, Christine Ohuruogu
800m: Lynsey Sharp
1500m: Lisa Dobriskey, Hannah England, Laura Weightman
5000m: Julia Bleasdale, Barbara Parker, Jo Pavey
10,000m: Bleasdale, Pavey
3000mSC: Eilish McColgan, Parker
100mH: Jessica Ennis, Tiffany Porter
400mH: Eilidh Child, Perri Shakes-Drayton
Pole vault: Holly Bleasdale, Kate Dennison
Long jump: Shara Proctor
Triple jump: Yamile Aldama
Hammer: Sophie Hitchon
Javelin: Goldie Sayers
Heptathlon: Ennis, Louise Hazel, Katarina Johnson-Thompson
20kmW: Johanna Jackson
4x400m: Child, Cox, Emily Diamond, McConnell, Ohuruogu, Marilyn Okoro, Nicola Sanders, Shakes-Drayton