Olympic long jump champion is included in Britain’s 23-strong team for Portland, as Andrew Robertson gets nod over Sean Safo-Antwi for second 60m spot

Greg Rutherford will lead a 23-strong British team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland on March 17-20.

The Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth long jump champion confirmed his intention to seek to add the global indoor title to his long list of accolades after a niggle and illness respectively kept him out of the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix and then the Indoor British Championships over the past two weekends.

Chris Baker, the revelation of the season in the high jump after his 2.36m sent him to second on the world rankings, is another title-winning contender and he is joined by Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz.

In the men’s 60m, selectors opted for trials runner-up Andrew Robertson over Sean Safo-Antwi, who won at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix and had led the UK rankings going into that event. The decision of Richard Kilty, who was disqualified in Sheffield, to rule himself out of contention for the chance to defend his title gave selectors one less dilemma.

Dina Asher-Smith, who was pipped to the British 60m title on Saturday, will join trials winner Asha Philip in Portland.

In the women’s 60m hurdles, Serita Solomon was given the nod after she was second in the trials ahead of Lucy Hatton, who lost out despite a quicker time this season.

World long jump silver medallist Shara Proctor, who is second on the 2016 world list, was picked after missing the trials with a niggle, while Lynsey Sharp, who finished third at the trials in Sheffield behind surprise winner Adelle Tracey, has been selected for the second 800m spot.

Selectors also accepted the IAAF’s invite for world junior heptathlon champion Morgan Lake to compete in the pentathlon. Lake won the British high jump title ahead of Isobel Pooley but both will travel to Portland as British outdoor record-holder Pooley has had her place on the team confirmed.

Nigel Levine (400m), Andrew Pozzi (60m hurdles) and Hannah England (1500m) declined selection despite guaranteeing themselves a place by having the standard and winning at the Indoor British Championships in Sheffield at the weekend.

“This is a team that has been selected on the basis that every athlete can realistically make their final, but also with an eye on their individual development looking towards the Olympics this year and the London 2017 World Championships,” said British Athletics performance director, Neil Black.

“There have been some excellent performances during the indoor season and we are confident that many of those selected will be challenging for medals.

“It is important to remember that British Athletics’ focus, as well as that of the individual athletes, is geared towards Rio in this Olympic year and the World Indoors is one of many stepping stones our athletes will look to use.”

British team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships

MEN

60m: James Dasaolu, Andrew Robertson
1500m: Charlie Grice, Chris O’Hare
3000m: Lee Emanuel, Tom Farrell
60m hurdles: Lawrence Clarke
High jump: Chris Baker, Robbie Grabarz
Long jump: Dan Bramble, Greg Rutherford

WOMEN

60m: Dina Asher-Smith, Asha Philip
800m: Lynsey Sharp, Adelle Tracey
3000m: Josephine Moultrie, Steph Twell
60m hurdles: Tiffany Porter, Serita Solomon
High jump: Isobel Pooley
Long jump: Shara Proctor, Lorraine Ugen
Pentathlon: Morgan Lake