71 Track and Field Athletes Added to Team GB
July 3, 2012 14:30 pm
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced today 71 track and field athletes selected to Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games. These athletes join the six marathon runners earlier selected to complete the Team GB athletics line-up, bringing the athletics total to 77, and the overall number of athletes selected to Team GB to 502 from across 25 sports.
With an increase on the Beijing Olympic Games squad size of 68, UK Athletics Head Coach Charles Van Commenee has made it clear a target of eight medals - including at least one gold - has always been the aim for the Team GB athletics squad at London 2012. This ambitious tally would not only double the four medals won in Beijing, but would represent Team GB’s best result since the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, when a squad featuring Daley Thompson, Linford Christie, Colin Jackson and Steve Cram won eight medals in total, but no gold medals.
The athletes selected to Team GB today are:
- Adam Gemili – 100m and 4 x 100m
- Dwain Chambers – 100m and 4 x 100m
- James Dasaolu- 100 and 4x100m
- Christian Malcolm- 200m and 4x100m
- James Ellington- 200m and 4x100m
- Martyn Rooney- 400m and 4x400m
- Conrad Williams- 400m and 4x400m
- Nigel Levine- 400m* and 4x400m
- Andrew Osagie- 800m
- Michael Rimmer – 800m
- Ross Murray- 1500m
- Andrew Baddeley- 1500m
- Nick McCormick- 5000m
- Mo Farah- 5,000 and 10,000
- Chris Thompson – 10,000m
- Stuart Stokes – 3000mSC
- Lawrence Clarke- 110mh
- Andrew Pozzi- 110mh
- Andy Turner- 110mh
- Dai Greene- 400mh and 4x400m
- Jack Green- 400mh and 4x400m
- Rhys Williams – 400mh
- Robbie Grabarz- high jump
- Steve Lewis- pole vault
- Greg Rutherford- long jump
- Chris Tomlinson- long jump
- Philips Idowu- triple jump
- Mervyn Luckwell – javelin
- Lawrence Okoye- discus
- Brett Morse – discus
- Abdul Buhari – discus
- Carl Myerscough – Shotput
- Alex Smith – Hammer
- Daniel Awde – Decathlon
- Dominic King – 50k Walk
- Danny Talbot – 4x100m
- Simeon Williamson – 4x100m
- Mark Lewis-Francis – 4x100m
- Richard Buck- 4x400m
- Luke Lennon-Ford – 4x400m
- Rob Tobin- 4x400m
- Abi Oyepitan – 100m and 200m
- Anyika Onuora- 100m* and 200m
- Margaret Adeoye- 200m
- Christine Ohuruogu- 400m and 4x400m
- Shana Cox- 400m and 4x400m
- Lee McConnell – 400m* and 4x400m
- Lynsey Sharp – 800m
- Laura Weightman- 1500m
- Lisa Dobriskey- 1500m
- Hannah England- 1500m
- Jo Pavey- 5000m and 10,000m
- Julia Bleasdale – 5000m* and 10,000m
- Barbara Parker- 5000m and 3000mSC
- Eilish McColgan- 3000mSC
- Johanna Jackson 20km walk
- Tiffany Porter- 100mh
- Perri Shakes-Drayton- 400mh
- Eilidh Child- 400mh
- Holly Bleasdale- pole vault
- Kate Dennison- pole vault
- Shara Proctor- long jump
- Yamile Aldama – triple jump
- Sophie Hitchon- hammer
- Goldie Sayers- javelin
- Jessica Ennis- heptathlon and 100mh
- Katarina Johnson-Thompson – heptathlon
- Louise Hazel- heptathlon – heptathlon
- Marilyn Okoro- 4x400m
- Nicola Sanders- 4x400m
- Emily Diamond – 4x400m
The 2011 World Championships saw Britain’s largest medal haul since 1993, with gold medal winning performances from Mo Farah and Dai Greene and the World Indoor Championships followed suit with a record medal tally, including another two gold medals.
Both reigning outdoor World Champions will represent Team GB in London this summer. They will be joined by former World Champion and current double world silver medallist Jessica Ennis who will be making her first appearance as a member of Team GB, one of 47 Olympic debutants in the squad.
Beijing silver medallist Philips Idowu will be attending his fourth Olympic Games along with Commonwealth bronze medallist Christian Malcolm, who captained Team GB to their most successful World Championships in 2011. Whilst reigning Olympic 400m Champion Christine Ohuruogu will be making her third Olympic appearance.
Olympic debutant Robbie Grabarz catapulted onto the world high jump scene this year with an impressive European title in Helsinki last week, other first time Olympians include Jack Green, Lawrence Clark, Holly Bleasdale, Sophie Hitchon and Andrew Pozzi.
The long jump in London will also represent possible medal opportunities for Team GB, with Shara Proctor breaking a near 30-year-old national record at the Olympic Trials and Greg Rutherford currently ranked joint first in the world.
In the women’s 800m, Lynsey Sharp has been selected following her silver medal at the European Championships in Helsinki last week, which followed victory at the Olympic trials. International rules of the sport mean an athlete who has achieved the B standard can only be selected if there are no A standard athletes in that event selected to the team.
Adam Gemilli is the youngest member of the team at 18 years and 305 days old on the day of the first round of the men’s 100m on 4th August. World Indoor Champion Yamile Aldama takes the honour of being the team’s oldest athlete at 39. She will be just 11 days shy of her 40th birthday when she steps out for the women’s triple jump competition on August 3rd.
Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said:
“As we pass the landmark figure of 500 athletes selected to Team GB, I am delighted to announce such a talented and experienced group of track and field athletes added to Our Greatest Team for the London 2012 Olympics today.
"The progress the athletics squad has made since the last Olympics in Beijing is phenomenal. With a record medal haul of nine medals at the World Indoor Championships earlier this year, they have a fantastic opportunity to produce something special as part of Team GB this summer.
“With the likes of World Champions Mo Farah and Dai Greene, World silver medallists Jessica Ennis and Philips Idowu and reigning Olympic Champion Christine Ohuruogu part of the 71 strong squad, Team GB’s athletes will be aiming to unite and excite the nation with their performances and create moments in the Olympic Stadium in Stratford that will go down in British Olympic history.
“With the passionate and enthusiastic vocal support of the 80,000 strong home crowd behind them, I have every confidence that our track and field athletes will rise to the occasion and inspire many future generations with their exploits on the track, and in the field.”
Head Coach Charles van Commenee believes the team will be very competitive in London:
“I am very proud to have nominated such as strong team of athletes to Team GB. Our collective philosophy since Beijing has been one of raising the bar as we work towards London 2012.
“I believe this team is well prepared to go out there, be competitive and achieve on the greatest sporting stage in front of a home crowd.”
Reigning World and European Champion Mo Farah is delighted with his selection:
"It is an incredible feeling to have been selected to be part of Team GB at a home Olympic Games and I'm honoured to be part of it. Every ounce of hard work has been leading towards this point and now I can't wait to get to the start line in the Olympic Stadium.
“It is such a big deal to be able to compete in front of home fans and I know their support will mean so much to me and the rest of my teammates. It's so close now, I'm in Font Romeau doing my final preparations and I'm feeling in great shape going into London after retaining my European title last week.”
Jesscia Ennis said:
"I am really excited to have made my first Olympic team, and cant wait to compete in London on the 3rd & 4th August in front of a home crowd. I have been training really hard and feel in great shape and am really looking forward to competing - I know the atmosphere will be amazing!
Dwain Chambers said:
"It is a real honour to be selected as part of Team GB today. For me representing my country in an Olympics is a privilege that should never be taken for granted. To be given the opportunity to do so in my home town has been a dream that at times has seemed very distant and is now a reality. It is now my responsibility to prepare fully for the 100m, the relay, to support all my fellow athletes and all my other colleagues within Team GB. It is a very proud day and I thank the selectors for the confidence and faith they have placed in me."
Robbie Grabarz said:
“It is absolutely fantastic to be selected as part of Team GB. I’m incredibly excited, it’s something that I have dreamed about for a long, long time and to make it a reality this year is amazing. It’ll mean so much to me to compete in front of a home crowd with all that support and hear them cheering me on. It’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere and one I am looking forward to experiencing so much.”