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  • euro indoor team announced

    https://www.britishathletics.org.uk/...championships/

    seems about right - emerson will also be included if 5 athletes dont beat her penathlon score today, the only one i disagree with is not including kilty, i know people dont like him but its absolute madness not to include him, the standard british athletics set for the mens 60 was totally ridiculous 6.60 vs 7.25 in the womens event, only 17 athletes have run 6.60 at the championships since 2011 compared to 36 managing the womens standard in the same timeframe at the champs

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    I think Ojie is quite fortunate, but maybe he deserves a break after not quite getting his chance in the last few years.

    I'm not sure what the thinking is behind the Pozzi decision, if he hasn't run all year, won't be in any sort of form and I can't see him challenging for medals after the French guys all clocked 7.5s yesterday in their champs.

    Good to see a strong men's relay squad after the washout of the last few indoor seasons.

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    • #3
      I would have taken Kilty - could see him knock a couple of tenths off.

      Pozzi - imagine that’s a case of defending champ, not keeping anyone out - give him time to see if he can get something but most likely drop out

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      • #4
        UKA couldn't select Kilty as their criteria states athletes must have a qualifying time (6.60/10.20} and there is no performance director discretion. European standard is 6.78 and he is ranked in the top 6 or 7 of those electing to compete. Strange that we have only one athlete and he is ranked around 6th in Britain!

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        • #5
          What’s the rationale behind Robbie Fitzgibbon? I would have though Josh Kerr would have been picked considering his time at the weekend, European lead.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Geoff View Post
            UKA couldn't select Kilty as their criteria states athletes must have a qualifying time (6.60/10.20} and there is no performance director discretion. European standard is 6.78 and he is ranked in the top 6 or 7 of those electing to compete. Strange that we have only one athlete and he is ranked around 6th in Britain!
            stupid rather than strange is the word i would use, kilty is very capable of knocking off a tenth and getting a medal

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Charlwilxo View Post
              What’s the rationale behind Robbie Fitzgibbon? I would have though Josh Kerr would have been picked considering his time at the weekend, European lead.
              Fitzgibbon competed at the trials but Kerr didn't. Don't know why Kerr wasn't there or if the Euro indoors was ever in his plans?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Charlwilxo View Post
                What’s the rationale behind Robbie Fitzgibbon? I would have though Josh Kerr would have been picked considering his time at the weekend, European lead.
                Josh Kerr, like Ujah and Prescod, had stated to UKA that he didn't want to be selected for the Euro Indoors, despite having the qualifying standard.

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                • #9
                  I read that Josh Kerr had Uni commitments in the week leading up to trials so couldn't fly back & compete rather not being interested at all.

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                  • #10
                    Bumped to get actual topics above the spam posts

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                    • #11
                      kilty is going to the euros , gets an invitation from euro athletics

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                      • #12
                        The correct decision on Kilty, if eventually via the wrong mechanism. I would have picked Ashwell, Thomas and Kilty, not an out of form Edoburun.

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                        • #13
                          Other teams announced:

                          Spain (42 athletes) - http://www.rfea.es/web/noticias/desa...4#.XG55DLjgrIW
                          Poland (32) - https://pzla.pl/file/4290-reprezenta...twa-europy.pdf
                          France (47) - http://www.athle.fr/asp.net/main.htm...px?htmlid=5797
                          Germany (31) - https://www.leichtathletik.de/news/n...die-hallen-em/
                          Ukraine (33) - http://www.uaf.org.ua/index.php?opti...d=41:worldnews (needs Google Translate)
                          Switzerland (17) - https://www.swiss-athletics.ch/de/bl...nen-hallen-em/

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                          • #14
                            Kilty is one athlete I find it hard to wave a flag for, but I do think having the reigning champ at the event makes a lot of sense. Really should be European Athletics who make that available as part of the overall criteria, rather than leave it up to NGBs to come up with a selection policy that potentially excludes a champion.

                            I still don't understand the UKA / British Athletics fixation with setting quali standards higher than the entry requirements, and even more so in relation to sprints where we fund a large number via the relay funding and have good depth so that even our 4th or 5th ranked athletes would be broadly competitive at a European Champs. The only outcome of having a higher standard is that you reduce the pot of athletes to choose from if discretion comes into play. I seriously doubt if any of our sprinters would have taken it easy going into the selection event if the threshold time had been 6.78.

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                            • #15
                              Hi Larkin,
                              I think the obsession with setting high standards you refer to dates back to the period at the start of the century when there was a perception people were getting an easy ride on funding and were too satisfied with getting to a Champs and getting knocked out in the heats. I don’t think that was ever a fair perception but ironically, if anyone was guilty of that, it was the sprinters, some of whom carried on benefitting from funding and trips to Champs thanks to our focus on the relay squads.

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