Dwain Chambers wins the world indoor crown in a world-leading time of 6.48 secs in Doha 2010
In the footsteps of previous special features as regards selection of British teams to major championships, here follows a detailed account of the UK Athletics respective policy as come out last week for the forthcoming World Indoor Championships in Istanbul (Turkey) towards mid March as well as a full and complete list of British athletes qualified so far.
The policy itself is arguably very straightforward and nowhere near as complex as the Olympic selection pattern, with current form an essential guide. Which, in turn, may account for the much tougher outdoor standards compared to indoor equivalents in most events, with an odd exception in the men’s dash where 6.60 secs for the 60m is definitely harder than the 10.20 secs laid down over the 100m.
Nevertheless, the qualification period has started since the New Year across the entire range of events following that all marks set during the last indoor term fall into the counting, which may suggest a slight contradiction.
Each athlete that tops an event at the AVIVA World Indoor Trials in Birmingham gains automatic selection as long as one has achieved the qualifying standard in place as far as the deadline on 19th February, with the team drawn up the very next day. From there on, the make-up of the rest of the team lies with the selectors who will prioritize athletes considered either medal contenders or at least top six prospects for Istanbul, with a quota of two athletes per discipline.
There should be noted a special clause that allows the committee in authority to select athletes that may achieve a qualifying standard beyond the UK Athletics time frame but within the IAAF deadline, 27 February, as long as are regarded as top six material for the championships in question.
Finally, the multi-events line-ups fall entirely with IAAF who will extend invitations to the eight top-ranked athletes to compete in either the heptathlon (men) or the pentathlon (women). Defending champion Jessica Ennis is bound to be invited although whether she is going to take up her place is highly doubtful with the Olympics looming large on the horizon.
Something that may also turn the case with most Olympic contenders who could opt for a rather shorter indoor spell to gauge their preparations and pick up a ‘tonic’ during the hard winter training.
UK Athletics Selection Policy
(6.60i/10.20 – 100m) Dwain Chambers 6.54/10.01, James Dasaolu 10.11, Harry Aikines-Ayreety 10.13, Marlon Devonish (V35) 10.14, Christian Malcolm 10.17, Craig Pickering 10.19, Mark Lewis-Francis 10.19
(46.90i/45.20) Nigel Levine (U23) 45.71i, Richard Buck 45.88i, Conrad Williams 46.20i, Richard Strachan 46.35i, Nick Leavey 46.49i, Michael Bingham 46.69i, James Forman (U23) 46.74, Luke Smallwood 46.98, Luke Lennon-Ford (U23) 46.89i
(1:48.00i/1:45.00) Joe Thomas 1:46.35i, Andie Osagie 1:46.53i, Guy Learmonth 1:47.84i
(3:42.00i or 3:59.00i mile/3:34.50 or 3:52.00 mile) Andy Baddeley 3:39.16i, James Brewer 3:38.03i, Colin McCourt 3:38.71i, Mo Farah 3:39.03i, Nick McCormick 3:40.69i, Lewis Moses 3:41.33i (2), Chris O’Hare (U23) 3:56.48i-m, Rich Peters (U23) 3:57.83, ,Ricky Stevenson 3:58.91-m
(7:50.00i/7:44.00 or 13:19.00 5000m) Mo Farah 7:35.81i/12:53.11, Andy Baddeley 7:47.09, Ross Millington 7:49.11**, Chris Thompson 7.49.14i**
(7.65i/13.55 – 110mh) Andy Turner 7.57i/13.22, Andy Pozzi (U23) 7.62 (3), William Sharman 13.47
(2.29) Robbie Grabarz 2.34i, Tom Parsons 2.31i, Samson Oni 2.31i
(5.72) Steve Lewis 5.77i
(8.15) Chris Tomlinson 8:35, Greg Rutherford 8.27
(17.00) Phillips Idowu 17.57i/17.77
(20.00) Carl Myerscough 20.03
(No entry standard)
(7.30/11.25 – 100m) Jeanette Kwakye 7.20/11.15, Asha Philip (U23) 7.19, Jodie Williams (U20) 7.21/11.18, Bernice Wilson 7.25*, Anyika Onuora 11.18, Laura Turner 7.29/11.23, Abi Oyepitan 7.30
(53.25i/51.25) Christine Ohuruogu 50.85, Lee McConnell 51.01, Shana Cox 52.18/51.24, Nicola Sanders 52.48, Nadine Okyere 53.01
(2:03.50i/1:59.50) Jenny Meadows 1:59.22i/1:58.60, Marilyn Okoro 2:02.46i
(4:14.00i or 4:31.00i mile/4:03.50 or 4:22.00 mile) Hannah England 4:01.89/4:09.79i, Helen Clitheroe (W35) 4:06.86i, Stacey Smith (U23) 4:07.42i, Steph Twell 4:09.84i
(8:51.00i/8:38.00 or 15:02.00 5000m) Helen Clitheroe (W35) 8:39.81i
(8.10i/12.95 100mh) Tiffany Porter 7.80/12.56, Jessica Ennis 7.87/12.79
(4.52) Holly Bleasdale (U23) 4.87i, Kate Dennison 4.61/4.52i, Katie Byres (U20) 4.52i
(6.65) Shara Proctor 6.81/6.80i
(14.10) Yamile Aldama (W35) 14.50
(No entry standard)
*Banned on doping offences
**Unaccepted as set on an oversized track