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  • British athletics name 72-strong team for doha world championships

    Thought we might need a place for discussions on this ...


    taken from

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


    The British team selected for the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019:

    MEN:

    100m

    Ojie Edoburun (Shaftesbury Barnet; Steve Fudge)

    Adam Gemili (Blackheath & Bromley; Rana Reider)

    Zharnel Hughes (Shaftesbury Barnet; Glen Mills)

    200m

    Miguel Francis (Wolverhampton & Bilston; Glen Mills)

    Adam Gemili (Blackheath & Bromley; Rana Reider)

    Zharnel Hughes (Shaftesbury Barnet; Glen Mills)

    400m

    Matthew Hudson-Smith (Birchfield Harriers; Lance Brauman)

    Rabah Yousif (Newham & Essex Beagles; Carol Williams)

    800m

    Elliot Giles (Birchfield Harriers; Jon Bigg)

    Kyle Langford (Shaftesbury Barnet; Jon Bigg)

    Jamie Webb (Liverpool Harriers; Adrian Webb)

    1500m

    Neil Gourley (Giffnock North; Mark Rowland)

    Josh Kerr (Edinburgh; Danny Mackey)

    Jake Wightman (Edinburgh; Geoff Wightman)

    5000m

    Andrew Butchart (Central; self coached)

    Ben Connor (Derby; Steve Vernon)

    Marc Scott (Richmond & Zetland; Jerry Schumacher)

    3000m Steeplechase

    Zak Seddon (Bracknell; Jeff Seddon)

    110m Hurdles

    Andrew Pozzi (Stratford-upon-Avon; Santiago Antunez)

    400m Hurdles

    Chris McAlister (Thames Valley; Marina Armstrong)

    Pole Vault

    Harry Coppell (Wigan & District; John Mitchell)

    Triple Jump

    Ben Williams (Sale Harriers Manchester; Aston Moore)

    Hammer

    Nick Miller (Border; Tore Gustafsson)

    Decathlon

    Tim Duckworth (Liverpool Harriers; Toby Stevenson)

    Marathon

    Callum Hawkins (Kilbarchan; Robert Hawkins)

    20km Race Walk

    Tom Bosworth (Tonbridge; Andi Drake)

    Callum Wilkinson (Enfield & Haringey; Andi Drake)

    50km Race Walk

    Cameron Corbishley (Medway & Maidstone; Andi Drake)

    Dominic King (Colchester Harriers; George Nibre)

    4x100m Relay

    Ojie Edoburun (Shaftesbury Barnet; Steve Fudge)

    Miguel Francis (Wolverhampton & Bilston; Glen Mills)

    Adam Gemili (Blackheath & Bromley; Rana Reider)

    Zharnel Hughes (Shaftesbury Barnet; Glen Mills)

    Richard Kilty (Middlesbrough (Mandale); Benke Blomkvist)

    Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (Newham & Essex Beagles; Lance Brauman)

    CJ Ujah (Enfield & Haringey; Jonas Dodoo)

    4x400m Relay

    Cameron Chalmers (Guernsey; James Hillier)

    Dwayne Cowan (Hercules Wimbledon; Lloyd Cowan)

    Toby Harries (Brighton Phoenix)

    Matthew Hudson-Smith (Birchfield Harriers; Lance Brauman)

    Martyn Rooney (Croydon; Nick Dakin)

    Lee Thompson (Sheffield & Dearne; John Henson)

    Rabah Yousif (Newham & Essex Beagles; Carol Williams)

    WOMEN:

    100m

    Dina Asher-Smith (Blackheath & Bromley; John Blackie)

    Daryll Neita (Cambridge Harriers; Jonas Dodoo)

    Asha Philip (Newham & Essex Beagles; Steve Fudge)

    200m

    Dina Asher-Smith (Blackheath & Bromley; John Blackie)

    Beth Dobbin (Edinburgh; Leon Baptiste)

    Jodie Williams (Herts Phoenix; Stuart McMillan)

    400m

    Emily Diamond (Bristol & West; Benke Blomkvist)

    Laviai Nielsen (Enfield & Haringey; Christine Bowmaker)

    800m

    Alexandra Bell (Pudsey & Bramley; Andrew Henderson)

    Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow; Jon Bigg)

    Lynsey Sharp (Edinburgh; David Harmer)

    1500m

    Sarah McDonald (Birchfield Harriers; David Harmer)

    Laura Muir (Dundee Hawkhill; Andy Young)

    Jemma Reekie (Kilbarchan; Andy Young)

    5000m

    Jessica Judd (Blackburn; Mick Judd)

    Eilish McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill; Liz Nuttall)

    Laura Weightman (Morpeth; Steve Cram)

    10,000m

    Eilish McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill; Liz Nuttall)

    Steph Twell (Aldershot Farnham & District; self coached)

    3000m Steeplechase

    Elizabeth Bird (Shaftesbury Barnet; George Harrison)

    Rosie Clarke (Epsom & Ewell; David Harmer)

    Aimee Pratt (Sale Harriers Manchester; Vicente Modahl)

    100m Hurdles

    Cindy Ofili (Woodford Green Essex Ladies)

    400m Hurdles

    Meghan Beesley (Birchfield Harriers; Michael Baker)

    Jessica Turner (Amber Valley & Erewash; Nick Dakin)

    High Jump

    Morgan Lake (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow; Eldon Lake)

    Pole Vault

    Holly Bradshaw (Blackburn; Scott Simpson)

    Long Jump

    Abigail Irozuru (Sale Harriers Manchester; self coached)

    Shara Proctor (Birchfield Harriers; Rana Reider)

    Shot Put

    Sophie McKinna (Great Yarmouth; Mike Winch)

    Heptathlon

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Liverpool Harriers; Betrand Valcin)

    Marathon

    Tish Jones (Belgrave Harriers; Nick Anderson)

    Charlotte Purdue (Aldershot Farnham & District; Nic Bideau)

    4x100m Relay

    Dina Asher-Smith (Blackheath & Bromley; John Blackie)

    Kristal Awuah (Herne Hill; Matthew Thomas)

    Imani-Lara Lansiquot (Sutton & District; Steve Fudge)

    Daryll Neita (Cambridge Harriers; Jonas Dodoo)

    Ashleigh Nelson (City of Stoke; Michael Afilaka)

    Asha Philip (Newham & Essex Beagles; Steve Fudge)

    4x400m Relay

    Finette Agyapong (Newham & Essex Beagles; Coral Nourrice)

    Amy Allcock (Aldershot Farnham & District; Glyn Hawkes)

    Zoey Clark (Thames Valley; Eddie McKenna)

    Emily Diamond (Bristol & West; Benke Blomkvist)

    Beth Dobbin (Edinburgh; Leon Baptiste)

    Laviai Nielsen (Enfield & Haringey; Christine Bowmaker)

    Jessica Turner (Amber Valley & Erewash; Nick Dakin)

    Jodie Williams (Herts Phoenix; Stuart McMillan)

  • #2
    Unbelievably 50% more female steeplechasers than throwers in aggregate.

    Only 2 out of 24 throwing slots filled. 2!

    Lamentable

    Pathetic

    Shameful

    Disgraceful

    Embarassing

    Disgusting

    Athletics: Running, jumping and THROWING.

    Heads should roll.

    Well done to McKinna and Miller for rising above it.

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    • Laps
      Laps commented
      Editing a comment
      Seems like a vicious circle to me where everyone is contributing to this decline. eg the BBC who act like throws are of little interest to their viewers and now have become un-cool. Selection policies from the IAAF downwards which dictate that a high standard has to be first attained. UK Sport funding policies aimed at buying medals this cycle...……………..
      I can remember joining this forum back ten years or so ago when IIRC the governing body were bringing in foreign throws coaches and seeming to me to be making an effort, there was vociferous opposition to anything they did. Maybe they just decided such investment and effort that they were capable of should be concentrated elsewhere? Understandable.

  • #3
    Ursus I feel your pain, it is an abject failure of the sport in this country that so few throwers are not of a good enough standard to make a major championships. At the same time there have been some signs of progress recently, with Scott Lincoln only just missing out on the Doha standard and going over 20 meters for the first time and being very consistent all season. Harry Hughes was supremely unlucky to have an injury strike him at precisely the *wrong* time this season, wrecking his chances of progressing further after he'd broken 80 meters in June.
    Behind Nick Miller in the hammer, Taylor Campbell added nearly two meters to his PB this season and wasn't too far from joining Miller on the squad, while Osian Jones has been re-writing the Welsh record books almost every time he stepped into the hammer cage. In total GB have a total of 5 men who have thrown 73m or better this year, which is a level of strength and depth not seen anywhere else outside of the usual suspects in this discipline.
    And at the junior and U-23 level, we've had some very good performances and distances set by a slew of young, up-and-coming throwers both Boras and in Gavle, with finalists in the men's and women's shot put, women's hammer (with two representatives at that!) and men's discus in the Euro U-20's alone.

    There is always hope of better things my friend, do not despair too much!

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    • #4
      Well, I think the biggest news here is that Charles Da'vall Grice, who became the 4th fastest Brit ever over 1500m just a month or so ago, has paid the ultimate price for (once again) getting it wrong during the UK trials, running a tactically inept race and finishing outside the top 3.

      Imagine that, a man who's run 3:30 will in the same season *not* be going to a major championships! But he only has himself to blame for that.
      Last edited by RunUnlimited; 03-09-19, 14:29.

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      • #5
        Surprised (but pleased) to see Steph Twell down for the 10,000 which will be just 12 days after the Berlin Marathon. I'm not aware that her marathon plans have changed.
        Last edited by LuckySpikes; 03-09-19, 14:25.

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        • Sovietvest
          Sovietvest commented
          Editing a comment
          I know plenty of athletes run a marathon within a week of a 10,000 but I can't think of anyone doing the reverse! I know Steph is a tough cookie but is that even wise?

      • #6
        Seems like the only one who's been hard done by is Charlie Myers, but only has himself to blame after no-marking at the champs despite being the only one with the standard. Other than him all of the spots with qualified athletes eligible have been filled, except for Greg Thompson in the Discus who also flopped at the Champs and hasn't replicated his Q mark from early on in the season. Shame as I'm sure having an additional two field eventers would've helped the sorry state British field events are in at the moment.

        Will be interesting to see how they approach the invites system as a few are currently in line for one (Phil Norman, Jaz Sawyers, Jessie Knight, Tom Gale, Chris Baker) but wouldn't really argue that any fit the criteria of 'podium potential' that British Athletics have set out.

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        • #7
          So, Neil Black gets to unilaterally decide which invites to accept - with no appeal possible - and he will only give them to people with potential to win a medal in 2020. Sawyers and Gale are on are on 'Podium Potential funding, so they have a chance. However, to be on Podium Potential funding you need to have potential to medal by 2024. I guess Gale is on funding based upon his longer term potential but I can't see any case for him winning a medal next year. Given Sawyers' stage of development they must have given her funding with shorter term success in mind. So my guess is that she gets it but no one else.

          Personally, I think we should take any athlete who gets a qualifying mark or an invite - to not do so is to unfairly discriminate against our athletes versus other countries' and serve as a huge disincentive to athletes who in most cases are struggling to compete without the benefit of funding

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          • #8
            The selectors seem to have placed a very high importance in the trials, which is fair enough in that it does take out some subjectivity. Greg Thompson and Charlie Myers paying the price for sub par performances.

            Finette Agyapong hasn't run an open 400m all season yet manages to get on the 4x400m team. Same could be said for Beth Dobbin but I think her 200m speed gives her the benefit of the doubt. I've no idea how the team management are approaching the mixed relay. Are the also rans in the relay pool being given the nod?

            I'm intrigued and pleasantly surprised by McColgan and Twell in the 10,000m. Named just to give them options and decide at a later date?

            I would like to see Baker and Gale go in the high jump, standard has been poor all season around the world, they could both make the final on a good day. Gale is young and improving.

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            • carterhatch
              carterhatch commented
              Editing a comment
              the women's 4x400 relay selection is the one that baffles me with 8 selected and not one of them is KJT

            • Ladyloz
              Ladyloz commented
              Editing a comment
              Will be interesting to see what happens with the mixed 4x4. Our women have reasonable chance of a medal, between them and Poland for the bronze but our men have no chance. So they might put a lot of focus on it. Difficult to predict how seriously other countries will or won't take it.

              McColgan has said she's not doubling and will make a decision on what event to do nearer the time.

          • #9
            I suppose no reason not to name Twell and McColgan in an optional event when there are spaces available and they have the times. Can't see Twell doing marathon and then 10000m but you never know - I did marathon and then XC the weekend after with my best ever run, so clearly my experience as a middle aged slow marathoner can be directly translated into Twell's...

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            • LuckySpikes
              LuckySpikes commented
              Editing a comment
              I should say so! You should tweet her the benefit of your experience. She's self-coached now so I'm sure she'd welcome the advice.

          • #10
            Anyone in the squad with a similar name to someone else this time.

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            • #11
              Originally posted by sprintdude View Post
              Anyone in the squad with a similar name to someone else this time.
              Neil Black to minion: "Put Cameron down for the first leg in the 4x400 heats, will ya." ... ...

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              • #12
                Overall I'm happy with the team but do have a few thoughts. Firstly I think it's a shame that in 2 events where they're wouldn't have taken the places of others, had they been selected, both Charlie Myers and Greg Thompson have been left out. Yes I know they're inconsistent (particularly Thompson), but when a large team is being selected and others have been selected while also having achieved the standard but shown a lot of inconsistency (Langford, Yousef etc), 2 young athletes could have gained valuable experience. I also wouldn't have named Rooney in this team at the expense of a younger athlete such as Nichlas Baker (who beat Rooney at the trials), due to his poor form this year. Similarly I possibly would have named Yasmin Liverpool in the 4×400m over Amy Allcock who also hasn't had a great season. Just some thoughts, but overall I'm happy with the team and hope more will be added following the IAAF invites.

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                • Stew-Coach
                  Stew-Coach commented
                  Editing a comment
                  I'd have like Yas to have been chosen too, but I'm biased :-/
                  Amy is a good 400m runner though and does have the pedigree from last year running 51 and also has ran some good splits early season.

              • #13
                presumably Langford and Webb won’t be rooming together 😏

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                • #14
                  AI didn’t think our chances in the women’s 4x4 were particularly good at the start of the season but they’ve picked up dramatically with Nielsen’s times and JWs good run at the ETC, Doyle will be missed, but Diamond is fairly reliable and ran the best leg in Rio.

                  Generally I think it’s a decent squad but we will miss the likes of Farah, Rutherford, Grabarz and Hitchon who have contributed at the higher end regularly in the recent past. Their absence puts a lot of pressure on Dasher, even more so now that Muirs preparations have been severely disrupted. It looks like the majority of the medals will come from the women’s side this year

                  Kyle Langford should buy a lottery ticket this weekend

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                  • whatwouldIknow
                    whatwouldIknow commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Provocation with Langford? Is that why an off duty Policeman at Watford had to be dissuaded from taking him directly to the the nick to charge him? The official states he did not touch him (I have spoken to him not rely on second hand information), I am more minded to believe the latter. That aside you do not seriously assault OAPs' or those in a position of responsibility. Like it or not sportspeople in his position (in receipt of public funds) need to be held to a higher standard.

                  • larkim
                    larkim commented
                    Editing a comment
                    whatwouldIknow I think you and jjimbojames need to get to the bottom of the truth about the official, as you are clearly stating the official says he didn't touch him, and JJ says the opposite.

                  • jjimbojames
                    jjimbojames commented
                    Editing a comment
                    Bizarre - am relying on Twitter, but why would people tweet that the official did touch him, as would surely be so easily refuted, as plenty of people around who would have seen things?

                • #15
                  Target of 7-9 medals.

                  possible 5 from relays alone??

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