UKA has today announced the athletes who will compete in the London 2012 athletics test event, at the Olympic Stadium on 4 – 7 May 2012.
More than 140 athletes, including London 2012 hopefuls Holly Bleasdale (coach: Julien Raffalli-Ebezant), Perri Shakes-Drayton (Chris Zah), Jack Green (Malcolm Arnold, Robbie Grabarz (Fuzz Ahmed) and William Sharman (Malcolm Arnold), will be testing out the Stratford venue as the Capital gears up for the biggest sporting spectacle in the world this summer.
The athletes will compete at the Olympic Stadium alongside the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships, in a programme of events organised by UKA.
The occasion will be the first time the stadium will be open to the general public for an athletics competition and ticket sold out quickly at the start of April.
Track athletes and those competing in the vertical jumps will contend stand-alone UKA events, whilst horizontal jumpers and throws athletes will participate in the BUCS competition fields.
UKA’s Head Coach Charles Van Commenee said:
“Preparing our athletes for what to expect when they walk into the Olympic Stadium at Games time is almost impossible. The noise of an Olympic Stadium when a home favourite walks out just cannot be replicated. This test event will form an important part of some athletes’ preparation.
“At this event they will get the chance to familiarise themselves with the Olympic Stadium and we can remove a number of unknown factors for them. We are looking forward to our first experience in the magnificent Olympic Stadium.”
Athletes currently confirmed to be participating in the Olympic test event are as follows:
100m: David Bolarinwa, Greg Cackett, James Dasaolu, James Ellington, Rikki Fifton, Ryan Scott, Nigel Thomas, Leevan Yearwood
200m: Jonathan Browne, Chris Craig, James Ellington, Luke Fagan, Jordan Kirby-Polidore, Julian Thomas, Sam Watts, Elijah Winn
400m: Richard Buck, Chris Clarke, Tom Druce, Jack Green, Graham Hedman, Luke Lennon-Ford, Robert Tobin, Conrad Williams
800m: Ed Aston, Niall Brooks, Jonathan Cook, Steve Evison, Charlie Grice, Ed Jackson, Ben Scarlett, Gareth Warburton
3000m: Frank Baddick, David Bishop, Steve Davies, Thomas Lancashire, Johnny Mellor, Mark Mitchell, Ross Murray, David Proctor, Ricky Stevenson, Jonathan Taylor, Ieuan Thomas pacemaker), Frank Tickner, Richard Weir.
110mH: Julian Adeniran, Alex Al-Ameen, Richard Alleyne, Chris Baillie, Lawrence Clarke, Nicholas Gayle, Allan Scott, William Sharman
400mH: Tom Burton, Richard Davenport, Niall Flannery, James Forman, Jack Green, Lloyd Gumbs, David Hughes, Ben Sumner, Richard Yates
High Jump: Chris Baker, Robbie Grabarz, Samson Oni, Tom Parsons, Matt Roberts, Allan Smith
Pole Vault: Luke Cutts, Max Eaves, Joe Ive, Gregor MacLean, Andrew Sutcliffe
Long Jump: Ezekiel Ewulo, JJ Jegede
Triple Jump: Larry Achike
Discus: Abdul Buhari, Brett Morse, Lawrence Okoye, Chris Scott
Javelin: Lee Doran, Mervyn Luckwell
Hammer: Mark Dry, Alex Smith
100m: Kadi Ann Thomas, Katherine Endacott, Corinne Humphreys, Annabelle Lewis, Marilyn Nwawulor, Sophie Papps, Torema Thompson, Abbi Tyson
200m:Kadi Ann Thomas, Louise Bloor, Marilyn Nwawulor, Nadine Okyere, Sophie Papps, Helen Pryer, Bianca Williams
400m: Eilidh Child, Laura Langowski, Kelly Massey, Kirsten McAslan, Mica Nottingham, Marilyn Okoro, Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, Laura Wake
800m: Karen Harewood, Charlotte Best, Tara Bird, Rowena Cole, Dawn Hunt, Jessica Judd, Alison Leonard, Celia Taylor, Charlene Thomas
3000m: Elle Baker, Julia Bleasdale, Lauren Deadman, Hannah Doran, Faye Fullerton, Annabel Gummow, Gemma Kersey, Abby McGhee, Laura Muir, Emma Pallant, Emily Pidgeon, Beth Potter, Emily Stewart, Jessica Sparke, Naomi Taschimowitz*, Laura Weightman, Katrina Wootton
100mH: Gemma Bennett
400mH: Lauren Bouchard, Eilidh Child, Nisha Desai, Tracy Duncan, Hayley McLean, Aisha Naibe-Wey, Emily Parker, Perri Shakes-Drayton
Pole Vault: Holly Bleasdale, Katie Byres, Kate Dennison, Sally Peake
Triple Jump: Nadia Williams
Discus: Eden Francis, Jade Nicholls
Hammer: Zoe Derham, Sophie Hitchon