British Athletics have made their announcement on who is to be on the team for the World Championships in Beijing. The team which has been named is certainly a very strong one with all those medalists from London 2012 competing together once more.
The World championships are set to take place between 22nd-30th August in the Birds Nest stadium, the Olympic stadium from 2008.
Mo Farah set to double
There are a few notable things to take from the selection with one of the biggest being that Mo Farah has been selected for both the 5000m and 10,000m. Farah has so far remained unsure over whether he would compete in both events, but the form which he showed in the 1500m and 5000m at the Monaco and Lausanne Diamond League respectively backs up the decision.
Mo Farah has won double gold at the previous championships in Moscow, beating his biggest rivals Hagos Gebrhiwet and Paul Tanui to win. Similarly, he won the double at the 2012 Olympic Games leaving Galen Rupp – potentially his biggest threat over 10,000m this year – trailing behind.
You have to go all the way back to 2011 at the Daegu World Championships to find when Mo Farah last lost a 10,000m race. Here he lost out to Ibrahim Jeilan over the last 100m. This doesn’t look yet to be the case for this year with Farah the set favourite for both golds.
Ennis-Hill returns after three years away
Another highly anticipated selection was that of Jessica Ennis-Hill. She has had three years out of international competition due to having a baby and after making herself available for selection, she is part of the team.
Ennis-Hill won Olympic Gold as did Farah in the Olympics three years ago. Over the last year or so she has been making her comeback and slowing building back up to full fitness.
Her final fitness test was at the Anniversary Games last weekend where she competed over three different events to see if she was ready. She competed over the 100mh, 200m and the long jump where she set seasons bests in all three.
Young talent given the opportunity
A big talking point over the last weekend surrounded the possibility of national champion Kyle Langford making the team. After winning the senior title, he needed to run the qualifying time of 1:46.00 to be considered which he did at the weekend. Despite only getting the time once, he has been given the opportunity to experience this highest level of competition.
The U20 400m champion Laviai Nielson also has been selected to be part of her first senior team where she will compete in the 4x400m relay.
Elsewhere, the likes of 18 year old Morgan Lake elected to only compete in the high jump, whereas the new GB 100m record holder, Dina Asher-Smith is only running the 200m. For me, this is an interesting decision as she has shown extremely good form over the 100m, even more so than in the 200m, so it will be interesting to see how she gets on.
Big names miss out
Silver and bronze medalist over 10,000m and 5000m respectively at the European Championships, Andy Vernon missed out. He has been struggling with injuries all year but has recently returned to good form, running inside the qualification mark for 10,000m.
I also believe that there needs to be more transparency within the selection process as was also shown in the U20/ U23 European selections. This is particularly relevant for the likes of Lennie Waite in the women’s 3000m SC. She won the trials and has run the qualifying time once (not twice which gains automatic selection), putting herself in the very same place as others such as Charlie Grice and Kyle Langford. Despite this, the later two were selected unlike Waite showing that there is still a lack of consistency within the selection which potentially in this case is favouring youth?
British Athletics’ comments
“In selecting athletes we were looking at either a potential to finish top eight in this year’s Worlds or to give opportunities to athletes developing towards medal success in 2016 and beyond.
“I’m very confident we have selected a team who can be successful in Beijing, as well as use it as a platform on to further Olympic and World successes.”
Full team selected:
Adam Gemili – (It is great to see the return also of Gemini after his hamstring injury)