One of the youngest GB&NI teams to travel to a major championships – with an average age of 25 years – athletes have been chosen on their ability to final in Osaka and/or their potential to final at future championships.
Heptathletes Jessica Ennis (City of Sheffield) and Kelly Sotherton (Birchfield Harriers) are included in the women’s team along with Goldie Sayers (Belgrave Harriers) in the javelin and Nicola Sanders (Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow) in the 400m.
In the endurance events Jo Pavey (Exeter Harriers) has been selected for both the 5000m and 10000m, with her priority being the longer event, while both Helen Clitheroe (Preston Harriers) and Hatti Dean (Hallamshire Harriers) take on the barriers in the 3000m steeplechase.
The strength-in-depth of British women’s middle distance running is shown with Jemma Simpson (Newquay and Par) and Marilyn Okoro (Shaftsbury Barnet) leading a strong field in the women’s 800m, and Lisa Dobriskey (Ashford AC) and Abby Westley (Loughborough Students) go in the 1500m.
UKA Performance Director Dave Collins said: “I am satisfied that the selection panel has picked a team capable of supporting our ambitious targets for Osaka.
“The team is full of talent and we will be looking for every member of the squad to step up and perform to the high level required at a World Championships.”
A second and final wave of athletes to make up the full Norwich Union Great Britain & Northern Ireland team will be announced next Tuesday (7 August).
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