British team selected for the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade

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Ed Faulds winning the 400m title at the 2021 England Athletics U20 and U23 Championships. Photo: Matthew Quine

UK Athletics has announced the British team selected for the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on the 18-20 March.

Several athletes confirmed their places in the squad at the UK Athletics Indoor Championships at the Utilita Arena Birmingham last weekend including 2018 world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi (Stratford-upon-Avon) [60m hurdles], in-form Elliot Giles (Jon Bigg, Brighton Phoenix) [800m], and 2016 world indoor medallist Lorraine Ugen (Dwight Phillips, Thames Valley) [long jump].

They will be joined by Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson (Trevor Painter, Leigh) who will double up in the 800m and 4x400m relay in the Serbian capital. UK 400m champion Jessie Knight (Marina Armstrong, Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) and bronze medallist Ama Pipi (Linford Christie, Enfield and Haringey) also join the women’s 4x400m squad.

Two European indoor record breakers this season, Ed Faulds (James Wright, Rugby & Northampton) and Marc Scott (Jerry Schumacher, Richmond & Zetland), are also included in the team.

Double European U20 champion and Futures Programme athlete, Faulds – one of eight athletes making their senior debuts at the Championships – lowered the continental U20 record at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham last month with a time of 46.16.

Meanwhile, Scott broke the European indoor 5000m record earlier this year, and after winning at the UK Championships over the 3000m at the weekend, he’ll run over the shorter distance indoors alongside Jamaine Coleman (Preston).

Invitations for the combined events will be issued by World Athletics later this week. Any further invitations from World Athletics will be issued after 9 March. These will be accepted by UK Athletics provided the invited athlete(s), meet the eligibility criteria and to the satisfaction of the Panel, demonstrate current form and fitness in 2022 which suggests that they are capable of being competitive in Belgrade.

Olympic Head Coach, Christian Malcolm, said,

“We are pleased to have selected 33 athletes, so far, to represent the country at the World Athletics Indoor Championships. Those called-up have earned their vest and I know they’ll all represent their country with pride in Belgrade next month.

“We have a number of athletes who have really stepped up during this indoor season, setting a number of PBs and SBs, so it’ll be exciting to see how they translate that into the Championship environment. It’s also great to see a number of athletes achieving their first senior vest too, so congratulations to the eight athletes who are gaining theirs for the first time.”

The British team for the World Athletics Indoor Championships, Belgrade, Serbia, 18-20 March:

Women’s 60m
Cheyanne Evans-Gray (Nat Senior, Croydon)
Daryll Neita (Cambridge Harriers)

Women’s 400m
Jessie Knight (Marina Armstrong, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow)
Ama Pipi (Linford Christie, Enfield and Haringey)

Women’s 800m
Keely Hodgkinson (Trevor Painter, Leigh)
Jenny Selman (Fife)

Women’s 1500m
Erin Wallace (Andy Young, Giffnock North)

Women’s 3000m
Amy-Eloise Markovc (Chris Fox, Wakefield)
Amelia Quirk (Mick Woods, Bracknell)

Women’s 60m Hurdles
Megan Marrs (Alex Nwenwu, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow)

Women’s Long Jump
Jazmin Sawyers (Lance Braunman, City of Stoke)
Lorraine Ugen (Dwight Phillips, Thames Valley)

Women’s Shot Put
Sophie McKinna (Great Yarmouth)

Women’s 4x400m Relay
Keely Hodgkinson (Trevor Painter, Leigh)
Yemi Mary John (Alan James, Woodford Green Essex Ladies)
Jessie Knight (Marina Armstrong, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow)
Ama Pipi (Linford Christie, Enfield and Haringey)
Victoria Ohuruogu (Newham and Essex Beagles)
Hannah Williams (Steve Fudge, Herts Phoenix)

Men’s 60m
Andrew Robertson (Sale Harriers Manchester)
Adam Thomas (Bracknell)

Men’s 400m
Ed Faulds (James Wright, Rugby and Northampton)

Men’s 800m
Elliot Giles (Jon Bigg, Birchfield)
Guy Learmonth (Justin Rinaldi, Lasswade)

Men’s 1500m
Neil Gourley (Ben Thomas, Giffnock North)
George Mills (Brighton Phoenix)

Men’s 3000m
Jamaine Coleman (Preston)
Marc Scott (Jerry Schumacher, Richmond and Zetland)

Men’s 60m Hurdles
David King (Tim O’Neil, City of Plymouth)
Andrew Pozzi (Stratford-upon-Avon)

Men’s Shot Put
Scott Lincoln (Paul Wilson, City of York)

Men’s 4x400m Relay
Ed Faulds (James Wright, Rugby and Northampton)
Alex Haydock-Wilson (Benke Blomkvist, Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow)
Ben Higgins (Stewart Marshall, Sheffield & Dearne)
Samuel Reardon (Nigel Stickings, Blackheath and Bromley)
Thomas Somers (Newham and Essex Beagles)
James Williams (Paul Waters, Liverpool)

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First published on: 1 March, 2022 2:22 pm

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