Mixed fortunes for Kent stars
Mixed fortunes for Kent stars

Kent’s Adam Gemili, who missed out on Olympic bronze in Rio by three thousands of a second, has not been picked for the 200m at next month’s world championships in London after selectors refused to give him more time to prove his fitness.

Gemili, who has been struggling with a leg injury, had hoped to be given until the 24 July deadline but instead will have to make do with the 4x100m after selectors decided to give Zharnel Hughes, who finished fourth in the UK trials this month, the wildcard spot. The decision is bound to prove controversial but the British Athletics performance director, Neil Black, insisted they had to go with Hughes.

“The men’s 200m probably is the event at which we have the highest quality and strength in depth with a number of athletes capable of competing at the highest level, making a final and potentially challenging for medals,” he said.

“In the circumstances we had to go on performance in the trials and recent performances and that meant that we chose Zharnel ahead of Adam. But Adam is a critical member of the men’s 4x100m relay team. Obviously it’s a huge disappointment for Adam but he will deal with it as he always does, professionally and appropriately.”

Orpington’s Dina Asher-Smith gets the wildcard spot in the women’s 200m as she returns from breaking her foot this year, while CJ Ujah is named in the 100m team.

Folkestone based Jack Green will take the sole GB place in the 400m hurdles. He reached the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles in his only previous World Championship appearance in Daegu in 2011 and exited at the same stage at the London and Rio Olympics.

The 25-year-old has also been recalled to the 4x400m relay team, having helped the team to the fringe of the medals in the event at London 2012 and helped the relay team to bronze at the European Championships in Amsterdam last year.

Fresh from setting a one-mile World Record at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday, Sevenoaks stat Tom Bosworth of Tonbridge Athletics Club will take part in the 20km race walk.

The 27-year-old British record holder is seeking to build on his superb 6th-placed finish in Rio in 2016 when he smashed his PB with a time of 1hour 20mins 13secs.

He finished 24th at the Beijing World Championships in 2015.


 
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