British Athletics names a 39-strong Great Britain & Northern Ireland team for next month’s European Athletics Indoor Championships
UPDATE: On Friday (February 27) British Athletics announced that Greg Rutherford has withdrawn from the GB team for Prague. Read more and find an updated GB team list here.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Richard Kilty and Jenny Meadows are to form part of the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team for the European Athletics Indoor Championships taking place in Prague, Czech Republic, from March 5-8.
Olympic, European and Commonwealth long jump champion Greg Rutherford initially accepted selection after setting an indoor personal best of 8.17m at last weekend’s Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, but later announced he would be withdrawing from the team.
Rutherford’s PB in Birmingham is just one centimentre off the British indoor record which was set by Chris Tomlinson in 2008. Rutherford last competed for GB & NI indoors in 2010.
Kilty fills the third 60m slot after missing the trials in Sheffield with a minor back problem. He will be joined in that event by British indoor champion Chijindu Ujah and runner-up Sean Safo-Antwi. In the women’s event, Dina Asher-Smith’s selection has been confirmed, as has Rachel Johncock’s.
After claiming his fifth consecutive national indoor 400m title earlier this month, Nigel Levine does not feature in the team list despite having indicated that the event was in his plans. British indoor silver medallist Jarryd Dunn will represent GB in that event, while Seren Bundy-Davies has been handed the discretionary spot in the women’s event after her fall at the British Championships but impressive PB performance at the Indoor Grand Prix. Trials top-two Kirsten McAslan and Laura Maddox join her.
Meadows won her seventh national indoor 800m title in Sheffield and will head to Prague as favourite to claim a second European indoor gold. Laura Muir again steps up to the 3000m, while British indoor champion Emelia Gorecka and Kate Avery will also line-up in that event.
Lawrence Clarke and David Omoregie will contest the 60m hurdles, while Lucy Hatton makes her senior GB team debut after a PB this season which was just 0.01 outside of the qualifying standard. Serita Solomon joins her. Other athletes forming part of a senior GB team for the first time are Safo-Antwi, James Bowness, Philip Hurst, Amy Allcock, Rosie Clark, McAlsan and Maddox.
Fresh from her two British records, Katarina Johnson-Thompson will contest the pentathlon along with double world junior champion Morgan Lake.
“There has been some fantastic and promising performances during this indoor season notably at the Sainsbury’s Indoor British Championships and the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix last weekend,” commented British Athletics performance director Neil Black.
“I’m really encouraged by what I’ve seen so far and we head to the Czech Republic in great shape. The team has a good blend of established championship performers such as Greg Rutherford and Jenny Meadows, and in other areas it is very much developmental giving up and coming athletes the opportunity to perform on this stage.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how the team performs as we focus on long term development towards 2016 and 2017 through to 2020.”
GB team for the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague
Rory Evans – British Athletics announced on February 27 that Evans will be replaced by Alex Boyce
Greg Rutherford – Withdrew from the team on February 27