There have been later developments as concerns Alex Smith‘s would-be B standard of 74.62m in a set-up hammer competition in Hull early this month as his mark now appears normally in the UK lists on POT, suggesting that his performance may have been legitimate after all and count as an Olympic B standard for next summer.
Unless there is some later twist on the matter, the competition initially thought not to fulfil all regulations required for performances to be ratified, Smith sweeps up three places into eighth in the British all-time lists where his new lifetime figure forms the farthest set in the country in over a decade since Mick Jones‘s 76.43 back in June 2001.
His mark also came in well within the qualification period for Daegu, the deadline on August 7, which gave rise to increasing debate and reaction from certain quarters over a potential unfair omission from selection for the World Championships squad to Daegu, although that case still lies solely at the discretion of head coach Charles van Commennee since the athlete isn’t fully eligible for such purposes holding a single B standard.
Yet, it will be intriguing to see whether there is a U-turn in the situation now that his best seems to turn out as legitimate and he receives a belated call-up very much in the same vein as James Brewer and William Sharman two years ago in Berlin 2009. After all, he could be considered a potential finalist on the strength of that 74.62m for next summer in London.