British Athletics publishes ‘selection philosophy document’, which outlines four core aims of London 2017 selection policy

Callum Hawkins has been named as the first athlete selected to the Great Britain team for the London 2017 IAAF World Championships next summer.

The 24-year-old has been pre-selected for the marathon, the event in which he placed ninth at the Rio Olympic Games earlier this year.

“Extremely pleased and honoured to be selected for the World Champs in London,” the Scottish athlete wrote on Twitter.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black commented: “We are delighted to confirm Callum’s selection for London.

“He has only competed over 26.2 miles three times, but we can already see the talent he has, finishing eighth at the London Marathon in 2016 and following that up in Rio at the Olympics with a brilliant ninth place.”

Hawkins’ selection was announced as British Athletics published its ‘selection philosophy document’, which outlines four core aims of the national governing body’s London 2017 selection policy.

The full British Athletics selection policy will be published once the IAAF has confirmed the qualification and entry process, but its aims will include:

  • to maximise the team’s potential to win medals in London;
  • to maximise the number of British athletes making finals in London;
  • to maximise the representation of athletes across events in London; and
  • to maximise potential for medals in Tokyo and beyond.

British Athletics states that the selection policy will be structured to satisfy the above aims and with the intention of “selecting all qualified athletes who demonstrate the necessary form and fitness at the time of selection”.

Black added: “It is important for British Athletics to capitalise on the once in a generation opportunity of hosting the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London by selecting a large and competitive team, to help inspire the next generation of British track and field stars.”

The IAAF announced its London 2017 entry standards last week. British Athletics will publish its own standards in due course.

For the World ParaAthletics Championships, the national governing body stated it will be “appropriately utilising” quota places, with a focus on selecting athletes who:

  • Have the ability to win medals in Tokyo; and
  • Show realistic potential to win medals at future Paralympic Games (i.e. Tokyo and beyond).

The full selection philosophy can be found here.