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Jemma Simpson has regained hope of hauling back into some form of funding for the Olympic season as her case is to be overhauled by Charles van Commennee and the relative panel, according to an e-mail of hers to BBC Radio Cornwall reveals.

The 27-year-old, a European finalist last year, was a shocking dismissal from the UK Athletics funding lists when announced last month and subsequently failed in an appeal to overturn the decision, having been dogged by injury but still returning strong to run two Olympic A qualifiers late in the season.

But it appears now that the Dutch head coach is willing and has agreed to review her case and bring it up again to the panel, which is also to be presented evidence from the athlete herself, with an alternative of a funding reprieve rating highly.

Simpson said that the overall case has nothing but toughened her up and is more determined than ever to make the Olympic final of the women’s 800m in London, expressing her gratefulness for the huge support she has received.



Jemma Simpson has seen her appeal against her fall off the UK Athletics funding scheme eventually turned down by a panel involving head coach Charles van Commennee, meaning that she will most likely have to take a lonelier and tougher road to London next summer.

The three-time UK champion was surprisingly overlooked when the respective lists for the Olympic season came out last week as Jenny Meadows, Marilyn Okoro and Emma Jackson were preferred instead in the women’s 800m, amidst a wave of controversial decisions going either way across the board.

While the selection of Meadows was beyond any dispute on her excellent record, Simpson had serious grounds to feel hard done by as she still finished strong in a brace of 1:59.59 Olympic A qualifiers for third in the UK rankings off a largely curtailed season through injury, having also figured in the top three every single year since 2007.

Further, there were several athletes named in the top tier that have never achieved the A standard in their respective events and a certain case that didn’t show even a B as if to compound her disappointment.

An initial explanation given to her was that only three athletes per event could be selected, an apparent new clause inserted in the UK Athletics funding policy, but a closer look at the lists brought out five 400m and four 400m hurdles runners included instead. Later, it was also revealed that she was taken off funding after long consideration and eventual voting.

Now, whereas the flat one-lappers can be vindicated as serving also the purposes of the long relay, regarded as a strong medal prospect, the hurdlers are not directly related to that cause. Which is where Simpson should have probably built her case around.

As understood by the BBC story on the matter, she opted to highlight her world merit rankings in the top 10 in the previous two seasons and her progress through the international ranks into what is considered the peak age bracket in the event, underlying her promise.

But was that sufficient enough ground to mount her appeal? Although thorough and well-laid out, this is also considerably hypothetical and subjective and thereby highly unlikely to win her case.

She needed something to challenge the decision in its grounds and arguably one can’t help but wonder whether she did put her best card on the table. All the same, she could still take the matter further to an independent panel so all hope is not lost yet, but that could also affect her own efforts to prepare efficiently and thoroughly for the ‘Ultimate gathering’ of London 2012. So she has got to weigh up her options well before she makes up her mind, as herself admits.

“If I decide to take this further it will impinge on my preparation,” she commented. “With less than a year to the Games this is a stress I don’t need.

“My other option is to focus my energy on training harder than ever and look to build a longer lasting relationship with a private sponsor.”

BBC Report



Jemma’s thoughts in her latest blog on the ruling of the panel on her appeal, stressing “they failed to bring any facts to the table”:


Jemma Simpson, surprisingly announced out of UK Athletics funding early this week, is planning to lodge an appeal against the decision so that she could be reinstated in the scheme for the massive Olympic season ahead.

A fifth placer at the European Championships in Barcelona last year, as well as a multiple sub 2 mins performer, the Mark Rowland-coached athlete endured a largely curtailed summer due to injury issues that saw her miss out on a place on the British team to the World Championships in Daegu.

Despite that far from ideal build-up, she rallied her strength and resources to come back and finish strong late into the season in the shape of two Olympic A qualifiers of identical 1:59.59, placing 3rd in Zagreb and fifth in Berlin respectively, as well as a comfortable international win at the Tangiers meeting in Morocco to display that she has lost none of her racing prowess.

Simpson runs a PB of 1:58.74 in Monaco last year

Nevertheless, her recent form book didn’t impress Charles van Commennee and his team who opted to name Jenny Meadows, Marilyn Okoro and world championships debutant Emma Jackson for three places in the podium funding over her.

Fair enough up to that point, it was admittedly a very close call. But looking at some of the names that have been put up in the ‘top flight’, Simpson has got every reason to feel hard done by at the receiving end of the verdict.

Jemma Simpson on her funding cut

However, there could still be hope left for her to regain her place in the ‘grace of UK Athletics funding’. During her interview to BBC on the matter, she mentioned “but their rules are that they can only support three athletes per event on podium level funding and they’ve chosen three people ahead of me, so the chances are highly unlikely…” Well, not quite yet.

A closer look through the list at Podium level will reveal that there have been selected five 400m male runners – namely Martyn Rooney, Michael Bingham, Chris Clarke, Nigel Levine and Richard Strachan – as well as four male runners in the 400m hurdles – Dai Greene, Jack Green, Nathan Woodward and Rhys Williams.

The flat 400m runners could be justified as serving the purposes of the long relay, though one has got to wonder what the Relay Podium level is all about then, but the hurdlers are not directly related to that end.

Therefore, if there is indeed such a rule in place, there appears that it has been stretched or overstepped twice within the same frame, which would shape a firm ground for her to found her case and challenge the decision on a good chance of success.

So there looks plenty of the plot yet to be weaved on this front and let’s see what the future holds for her, while that could also pave the way for further appeals from other British athletes concerned. For the time being, Simpson remains focussed and pledges to keep pushing on with and accomplish her dream and main target, London Olympics 2012.

BBC Report


After the storm comes the calm… Following months of battling against menacing storms and waves under dark gloomy skies, Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu has finally steered her ship out on a sunny patch and calm waters just as time was running desperately short. For tension and pressure were piling up battering her sides and there needed to emerge a way out and within sighting distance of her fast sailing rivals ahead before the turn to London.

By all aspects, that was a turn totally against the flow of her season, even her recent outings. It was only three days earlier that she ended up fourth over 400m in only 51.80 secs on a particularly fast track in Rieti that very much ruled out any chance of recovery or shaking off Daegu’s major disappointment. But you can never discount the heart and the class of a champion to stage a rally even when all hope seems lost. Up against an arguably better line-up in Zagreb, Croatia, she showed glimpses of her glorious past, traveled well round the track and finished solid to set a huge SB and a UK leading mark of 50.85 secs for fourth and get her season alive again – hope was rekindled!

As a matter of fact, she came within touching distance of some leading figures this term like eventual winner Novlene Williams-Mills (JAM) in 50.31 secs, the woman she pipped to the world crown in Osaka in 2007, and runner-up Anastasiya Kapachinskaya (RUS) in 50.40, the world’s fastest with 49.35 secs and a bronze medalist in Daegu, so she is going to take plenty of heart from that as well. She will be feeling competitive again and the gap on the top substantially narrowed which is going to fired her up heading into a top tier affair against new World champion Amantle Montsho (BOT) at the Ivo van Damme in Brussels on Friday, with a point to make and some good scalps for the taking.

Incidentally, her time was the fastest by a British girl since 2009 and got the better of Ksenia Zadorina (RUS), Natasha Hastings (USA) and Olga Topilskaya (RUS) who all held considerably faster SBs prior to the race.



Another British girl that must have left the arena with a grin on her face was Jemma Simpson who, astonishingly enough, tied her two-day old SB of 1:59.59 from the ISTAF in Berlin but climbed up two places into third this time round in the women’s 800m, obtaining an important second Olympic A qualifier in quick succession. After a curtailed summer due to injury, she looks settled back into her stride and racing consistently well which is going to raise that feel-good factor and confidence back in her heading into the winter, something so essential. But really, how often does it happen for an athlete to clock an identical time in successive races over such a distance?

A new-look and surprisingly consistent Maggie Vessey (USA), a Daegu finalist, came thumbs up across the line in 1:58.64 narrowly before new Cuban star Yunesy Santiusti, second in 1:58.70, some way ahead of the Briton but a useful scalp picked up was that of 1:58.30 performer this term Liliya Lobanova (UKR) in the progress. Simpson has got one more top level race lined-up before she bows out of the season and she will be gunning for something really fast as herself vows.



Dayron Robles edges out Jason Richardson in another epic battle over the high hurdles

Andy Turner showed he has still got something left in the tank towards the end of a long summer to clock a solid 13.33 secs (-0.2m/sec) for fifth in the background of a latest enthralling knife-edged battle over the high hurdles as Olympic champion Dayron Robles (CUB) narrowly held off new global champion Jason Richardson once again in a SB of 13 secs dead to hold his ground convincingly at the top this term. But the young American is running the Cuban close and pushing all along, landing a new PB of 13.04 secs as he is bearing down on the landmark of the very great in the event, as the two look to edge away out of the top four in maybe the most hotly contested event around. Astonishingly enough, last season’s invincible number one David Oliver, apparently carrying an injury, looks like moving on the fringes of limelight at the moment to come off well-beaten in third place in 13.20 secs.



Usain Bolt overcomes a modest start to sweep past evergreen Kim Collins to win and a SB of 9.85 secs over 100m

Mark Lewis-Francis edged a rare international win in 10.35 secs (-0.7m/sec) over Moroccan record holder Aziz Ouhadi (10.38), James Ellington two places down in third in 10.42, in a ‘warm-up’ B race to the marquee event at the peak of the program reserved for Usain Bolt. The Jamaican didn’t get to the best of starts but once into his giant stride he stormed past evergreen Kim Collins, enjoying a second and even greener spring to his career, in the second half of the race to come away with a comprehensive win in a SB of 9.85 secs in almost windless conditions (0.1m/sec). Collins, for his part, was rewarded with a SB of 10.01 secs in second narrowly ahead of Richard Thompson (TRI) in 10.03 secs, looking like getting himself again after a slump of form in Daegu. Justin Gatlin came home well behind in fifth in 10.17 secs.

In the women’s dash, Jeanette Kwakye trailed home well off the pace in 11.51 secs but obtained the scalp of European indoor champion Olesya Pohv (UKR, 11.61) as world champion Carmelita Jeter (USA) romped to an easy victory in 11 secs sharp into a slight headwind of -0.5m/secs while late entrant Abi Oyepitan fared slightly better in fifth in 23.27 secs over 200m, dominated by Jamaican Schillonie Calvert in a PB of 22.55 secs (-0.2m/sec). By the way, that was Oyepitan’s faster run since her SB of 23.21 back in mid April, and arguably better given that was on a perfect tailwind of 2.0m/sec instead.

A last-ditch 6.63m in totally still conditions (0.0m/sec) saw Shara Proctor eventually draw out of a shaky patch that culminated in a premature exit in the qualifying round in Daegu and return to normal service, contrary to what her previous rounds had suggested (x, 6.39, 6.26). That proved good enough for runner-up ahead of American rising prospect Janay Deloach (6.48m) and behind Russian Olga Zaytseva‘s first-rounder of 6.73m.

In other events, Anna Chicherova (RUS) effected another countback win over home favourite Blanca Vlasic over 2m, the Croatian going over at the second attempt, to establish herself as a marginal top performer in the women’s high jump this term, Kenyan Nixon Kiplimo Chepseba pulled away to an impressive victory in a PB of 3:30.94 ahead of Ilham Tanui Ozbilen‘s Turkish record of 3:31.37 over 1500m and Reese Hoffa hurled the shot away at 21.73m to see off compatriot Christian Cantwell and Canadian Dylan Armstrong at 21.55 and 21.40m respectively.

Full Results


Weekend action

Let’s make a swift round to pick up some very interesting performances from British athletes competing on the European circuit and elsewhere around.

ISTAF Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Jemma Simpson has staged a sound rally and a welcome return to form on the end of a shaky injury-dogged season to notch an Olympic A qualifying standard of 1:59.59 (SB) as she occupied a solid fifth place in a high quality 800m tussle in Berlin, claimed by back-in-top-form former world champion Janeth Kipkosgei Busienei (KEN) in 1:58.26 in style.

The Briton felt admittedly surprisingly good and finished strong from the inside down the home straight, having taken a guarded approach through the early to mid stages, so will be eyeing to knock a further chunk off her season’s marker when she turns up in Zabreb into the week and hopefully even inside 1:59.

A most unpredictable Semenya Caster (RSA) was beaten again into second in 1:58.74 and world finalist Maggie Vessey (USA) followed in 1:59.33 to build on her best season ever.

Jemma Simpson finishes strongly from the inside to her first sub 2 mins clocking of the season

Yohan Blake (JAM) further enhanced his top tier pedigree as he stormed to an equal PB of 9.82 secs in virtually still conditions (0.1m/sec), the original set just three days ago in Zurich, to thoroughly dominate the men’s dash as evergreen Kim Collins (SKN) came runner-up narrowly outside 10 secs in a SB of 10.01 secs, with Daegu’s disappointment Richard Thompson (TRI) back to solid form in 10.08 secs for third.

World record holder Betty Heidler gained revenge and some consolation as she comprehensively saw off surprise new global champion Tatyana Lysenko (RUS), her first title since winning the Europeans in 2006, in the women’s hammer with 77.30 to 74.67m but that uncharacteristic drop of form at the crunch in Daegu for the German cost her dearly and takes a great deal off the gloss of holding the six best marks in the world now this season.

Augustine Kiprono Choge (KEN) pulled away to an impressive victory in a very competitive men’s 1500m in a SB of 3:31.14, third fastest worldwide, Robert Harting stretched further his undefeated streak on a 67.22m winning effort in the discus and teenage sensation Kirani James (GRN) comfortably added to his own tally over 400m, even in a considerably slower 45.33 secs.



Rieti 2011, Rieti, Italy, September 10

Daegu semifinalist Andie Osagie bolstered up his newly obtained footing on the senior international scene as he demolished the field of the men’s 800m B race to claim victory by over a second in 1:45.65, his third fastest time ever, with Cuban Mauro Castillo the closest marker behind in 1:46.70. European U23 bronze medalist Muchtar Mohammed was also in the race but faded towards the rear of the race in 1:49.25 apparently on the downward end of the season’s graph.

It was a shame, however, that Osagie couldn’t get a starting slot in the main race towards the end of the program that could have likely set him up nicely to dip inside 1:45 for a first ever time but hopefully he will next summer all things equal. An A race that actually turned, equal to its pre-event billing, the highlight of the meeting as mighty David Rudisha (KEN) tore round the track to a searing 1:41.33, a massive world-leading mark and fifth fastest time ever, and spared nearly two seconds on breakthrough runner-up Adam Kczszot. The young Pole set a huge PB of 1:43.30 for a European header but agonizingly missing out on a national record by a mere 0.08 secs.

David Rudisha storms to a sublime 1:41.33 timing over 800m in Rieti

Something that third-placed Mohammed Aman, pipped on the line, didn’t fail to attain for his part as he established a new Ethiopian milestone of 1:43.37  followed by former world champion Alfred Kirwa Yego (KEN) in a SB of 1:44.07. That said, Rudisha could have gone even closer to his own world record had pacemaker Sammi Tangui (KEN) gone through the first 400m in a more reasonable pace than 48.30 secs!

Christine Ohuruogu‘s mission to gain redemption after a disastrous campaign in Daegu wasn’t quite met with success as she languished well behind in fourth in 51.80 secs over the women’s 400m and now sees her chances slipping away a little before the season is over. She is racing again in Zagreb on Tuesday and she will be hoping that things will click for her this once. Jamaica’s Shericka Williams was the victor in 50.81 secs leading runner-up Tatiana Firova (RUS) home, the latter grabbing a SB of 50.97 secs.

The British male sprinters failed to take advantage of the renowned fast Italian turf as Harry Aikines-Ayreety came fourth in the dash in 10.25 secs (0.1m/sec) despite getting the fastest reaction among the finalists (0.131) and Marlon Devonish trailed back in seventh in 10.39 secs, having set a brisker 10.30 secs in the heats (-0.3m/sec). Daegu runner-up Walter Dix (USA) edged out Jamaican Lerone Clarke and compatriot Justin Gatlin to prevail in a fast 10.02 secs, the latter two clocking 10.06 and 10.08 secs respectively. Craig Pickering, by the way, did not show up but he is down for the meeting in Zagreb next.

Leon Baptiste faired relatively better to take fourth in the furlong in 20.71 secs (0.2m/sec) from the outside lane, his second best this term, after a gruelling 12-hour travel to the venue as Lashawn Merritt dominated in an awesome 20.13 secs hinting at something special at the end of the track season.

Laura Weightman could not emulate her midweek run at Stretford to finish fifth in the women’s B 1500m race in 4:15.51, clinched by Kenyan Helen Obiri in a PB of 4:04.10, where William Sharman came last but one in the 110m hurdles in 13.79 (-0.1m/sec) well behind surprise home winner Emanuele Abate who set a PB of 13.54 secs.

In other events, Asbek Kiprop demonstrated his racing prowess in full as he demolished a quality opposition in the men’s 1500m in a world-leading time of 3:30.46 sparing huge daylight on Kiwi runner-up Nick Willis (3:35.56), Amine Laalu (MAR) slipping in fourth in 3:36.41, and great Bernard Lagat (USA) edged the men’s 3000m in a fast 7:32.13 from Kenyan Vincent Chepkok (7:32.38).



Arena Games, Hilversum, the Netherlands, September 11

Luke Fagan carries his form nicely late into the season as he edged a new PB of 10.34 secs into a slight headwind (-0.5m/sec) to comfortably take the 100m at the Arena Games in Holland, scratching his nearly month old best of 10.36 secs at Sportscity which came on an excellent tailwind of 1.7m/sec at that. The former European U20 bronze medalist was a surprise third-placer at the UK Trials despite running from the outside lane but missed out on selection for Daegu since he obtained the A qualifying standard (20.60) a week too late. But credit to him that he hasn’t relinguished his efforts and he could take his times further down on this evidence.

With an eye to the Olympic season, Helen Pryer continued her slick transition into the 400m to slash another chunk off her PB into a new marker of 53.45 secs, her third in a row, while UK 100m record holder Montell Douglas got the women’s dash in 11.69 secs (-0.2m/sec).



UK National 10km Race Walking Championships, Victoria Park, London

Commonwealth champion Jo Jackson won the women’s title in a time of 44:59, a SB, and sounded pleased with her outing afterwards having had her world championships efforts affected by a knee complaint. Tom Bosworth, still in the U23 group, notched up the honours on the men’s side as he finished first Brit and fourth overall in a PB of 42:44, cutting nearly a minute off his previous best, as Canadian Evan Dunfee edged the win by five secs in 42:17 at Victoria Park.

Dominic King was sixth in a SB of 43:57 and a name to keep in mind for the future is 17-year-old Jamie Higgins who shattered his PB to a new figure of 46:41, down from 47:30 in Portugal last May, for an overall eighth in the race.

Jackson, Bosworth and Higgins are all athletes coached by former British international Andy Drake.



National Junior League National Final, Derby, September 11

Adam Gemili, who took up sprinting seriously only a year ago, emerged as top performer in Derby but rather surprisingly over the odd 200m where he stormed to the top of the UK U20 rankings in a massive PB of 20.98 secs (-0.2m/sec), his previous mark at 21.65 secs from last April. The 17-year-old was silver medalist at the European U20 Championships this summer and complemented a successful weekend with an earlier win of a windy 10.53 secs (3.3m/sec) over the short dash.



Stadionfest Konigs Wusterhausen, Wusterhausen, Germany

Former World U20 silver medalist Ashleigh Nelson was runner-up in the women’s 100m in 11.73 secs (0.0m/sec) to narrowly claim the scalp of former European champion Christine Arron (FRA) by two hundredths of a second while UK runner-up JJ Jegede came seventh at only 7.34m (-0.2m/sec) apparently on his wind-down of the season at this low-key meeting in Germany on Friday.



Jemma Simpson and Stuart Stokes shrugged off largely curtailed summer campaigns to lay out encouraging runs to a return to form on the track of the Brum during the BMC Grand Prix Final on Saturday.

Simpson, missing a major championships for the first time since 2006, embarked on a tough venture over the longer 1500m from the front as a means of strength/endurance work to set up a late charge for Olympic qualifying standards in her specialty in September and her enterprise was rewarded with a substantial SB of 4:07.53, although she may have been slightly disappointed to get caught in the dying stages by Irish U20 rising star Ciara Mageean who snatched a narrow win by just 0.08 secs for a PB. But that run represented her second fastest ever over the distance and the signs are there for a swift return into the sub 2 mins region over 800m.

Stokes, for his part, not only showed over a hernia operation a few months ago but also came to effect a convincing defeat on arguably the top domestic duo over the barriers currently, Luke Gunn and U23 James Wilkinson, and regain his footing at the hub of affairs in only his second track race this term. A feat that becomes even more noteworthy due to the manner of his win as he rather surprisingly showed the sharper to pull away from his rivals round the last lap to a big SB of 8:36.87, moving a close third in the UK lists, despite an apparent lack of races and a proper run-up through the summer.

A time that, in turn, may stir thoughts in his mind that he could even take a crack at a sub 8:30 time before the season is out at this rate and assume the driving seat in the battle for a place, or places at a more remote prospect, for London next summer. Gunn was second in 8:38.64 and ‘Wilko’ third in 8:40.52, making his seven fastest races ever packed into a single season.

The genuine golden material of the barriers, however, was not on show therein but that hardly affected Zac Seddon‘s chances of shining bright once again as he took his game underdistance for a fine piece of speedwork. The 17-year-old, who ran a sensational 8:54.96 at the UK Trials (fastest ever by a non-last season U20 Briton), drove to a classy big PB of 3:46.61 to top the B race of the men’s 1500m, slashing over a second off his previous marker from last June. On the strength of that display, a time around 8:50 at least looks well on the cards and what a blessing it is to possess such awesome flat speed for a ‘chaser.

Also U20 David Clutterback was close behind him in a PB of 3:46.79 whilst in the main race Chris Warburton came home leading Brit in a SB of 3:42.01 for runner-up behind convincing winner Finn Niclas Sandells, who took off round the last lap. Tony Whiteman, a few months short of his 40, ran a commendable 3:42.40 for third, his fastest since his international days back in 2004, and James Brewer followed closely behind in 3:42.58 as he is still endeavouring to rekindle the form that almost saw him make a finalist at the World Championships in Berlin two summers ago.

Gareth Warburton was a comfortable winner of the 800m main heat in 1:47.44 but it has to be said that he needs to start falling in at the deep end more often and getting involved in faster races regularly to progress further. Former UK indoor champion Ed Aston was runner-up in 1:48.36 followed by Steve Evison in third in 1:48.58 but perhaps even more attention was drawn over fifth place where 17-year-old hot prospect Charlie Grice grabbed a second big PB on the trot in 1:48.83, having entered the sub 1:50 terrotory only the previous weekend.

Tara Bird‘s perseverance through the summer has finally paid off as she ground out a narrow win over Karen Harewood in a PB of 2:02.77, the latter showing her best form since that freak accident at the 2007 European Indoor Championships in a SB of 2:02.88. U23 Laura Weightman was well behind in third in a SB of 2:05.60.

Tom Humphries returned a big PB of 13:47.22 to edge out James Walsh, second in 13:48.24, over the men’s 5000m where Gemma Turtle dipped inside 16 mins to a PB of 15:59.16 in the women’s equivalent.



Picking up where I left off yesterday, I’m moving into the women’s events where the picture looks far clearer and the landscape on this side of the team has shaped up to a large extent save the distances from 400m through to the 1500m, where there is still much at stake and some knife-edge run-offs to decide places.

100m A resurgent Jeanette Kwakye and season’s revelation Anyika Onuora have bagged the two automatic places in the women’s dash while Laura Turner has effectively secured hers in a totally convincing third – unless Montell Douglas, who looks to have done enough to take her place in the short relay, has got different ideas and can spring some major upset at the very end.

Jeanette Kwakye post-race interview

Veteran Joice Maduaka and Asha Philip finished tied slightly behind, the former getting fifth on a photo-finish verdict, and at least one of them should fill one more slot in the relay team. Ashleigh Nelson didn’t look fit and I don’t know what her chances could be in that respect.

200m The only holder of an A standard, U20 sensation Jodie Williams, has long ruled herself out of the reckoning so it comes between those holding B standards to earn what looks like a sole place up for grabs. Out of whom, however, Jessica Ennis will be running the distance only at the end of the first day of the heptathlon in Daegu and World Youth champion Desiree Henry is ineligible due to the very young of her age.

Onuora was a thorough winner at the Trials on Sunday and has gained a tight grip on a place, having set a sound four B standards in the process. By contrast, former Olympic finalist Abi Oyepitan may now need to run inside the A benchmark (23.00) to rule her own fate and doesn’t look near that form at all despite her early season promise. Unless Onuora does it herself and grants her a favour.

Maduaka and season surprise Margaret Adeoye hold a B each but they don’t look like they could turn the tables.

Funnily enough, none of the top two in Birmingham will represent Britain in the event in Daegu on different grounds; Perri Shakes-Drayton will be running over the hurdles and Shana Cox is not eligible before November. However, Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu has virtually clinched her place as she came a clear third and has sneaked under the A standard, setting 51.49 secs in Barcelona the previous week.

Perri Shakes-Drayton in her post-race interview

Scot Lee McConnell has gathered together as many as six B standards, more than any other male or female athlete across events, but would like to finish the business off and will have that chance at Crystal Palace.

Nicola Sanders, on the other hand, still needs an additional B standard and even in that case her fate won’t be entirely in her hands and will most likely hang on McConnell to dip inside the A, a rather awkward situation. Further, she hasn’t got a lane in the women’s 400m at the London GP so she may need to seek a race elsewhere save there is a late B all-British heat lined up.

Kelly Sotherton should be named in the long relay as she came sixth and has got a SB of 52.51 secs as a banker.

800m Jenny Meadows confirmed her undisputed No1 status in the country with a convincing win to register her name in the books of the British team but beyond her a fierce battle royal is building up that involves four runners over potentially two places on offer, provided at least one of them dips under the A standard.

I’m going to give a slender edge to Emma Jackson who has impressed me this season and possesses a fiercesome kick down the home straight, which would stand her in good stead. She writes “sub 2” all over her and it’s been a matter of getting into the right race to commit it on the track and I think the race at Crystal Palace has got all the required ingredients.

Marilyn ‘Maz’ Okoro has shown signs of a return to good form and she will have to strike a good balance between her speed and her tactics as well as shunning any restless urge to pour forward early, while Jemma Simpson will be somewhat of an unknown quantity as she hasn’t raced since the Diamond League meeting in Eugene and has got to do it all in one race. But if she is fully fit then she should edge into a qualifying place.

European U23 bronze medalist Lyndsay Sharp will be the dark horse but her turn of pace over the last hundred can be a headache for everyone.

1500m Hannah England and Lisa Dobriskey were a class apart, as expected, to comfortably claim two automatic spots on the team but Stacey Smith‘s audacious tactics didn’t pay off and she has got to fight it out with returning Charlene Thomas in a tussle with no tomorrow at the Palace.

Charlene’s fitness, however, will be a big question mark as she has been dogged by injury ever since her European Team Champs triumph in Stockholm and has missed plenty of training, therefore Stacey should start as favourite. But if it comes to a more tactical affair with a late burn-up Charlene’s chances should definitely increase as the latter has shown in trouble in such races.

Between the two, it’s Charlene that could do real damage if she arrived fully fit in Daegu but it is fair that she who finishes on top to take the third spot.

5000m Helen Clitheroe has been unlucky with weather conditions in her previous races but she should get a break this once. She has got to definitely grab at least the B standard, lying just four seconds away, and I reckon she’s got a good chance of getting even the A. Therefore, she should make Britain’s sole representative in the event given that Charlotte Purdue has been in effect out of the running.

10000m Britain will not be represented over this distance.

Marathon All three individual athletes named after the London Marathon in April have sadly withdrawn on grounds of injury or lack of fitness, namely Mara Yamauchi, Jo Pavey and Louise Damen. That leaves the British team with Eliz McColgan-coached Alyson Dixon and Susan Partridge who are down only for the team event.

Tiffany Porter post-race interview

100mh Tiffany Offili-Porter formally stamped her passport in style as her place was never in doubt whereas Jessica Ennis, the other A standard holder, will be hurdling only within her heptathlon duties in Daegu.

Gemma Bennett has got a B of 13.08 secs, which would have been double but for a 2.1m/sec tailwind in Crete, and ran 13.19 for third at the Trials on Sunday so she can hold solid hopes that she can make the squad too.

On the other hand, Angie Broadbelt-Blake sees her chances slipping away following a disappointing outing in Birmingham, with a PB of 13.18 secs this season and a marginally windy (2.1m/sec) 13.12 secs in Bedford. But she’s racing at Crystal Palace and could still hope she could turn things round at the end.

Sarah Claxton hasn’t shown anywhere over the last four weeks so her bid looks as good as over.

400mh Perri Shakes-Drayton sealed her place in spectacular manner as she accomplished a superb flat/hurdles 400m double over the weekend and Eilidh Child virtually booked hers as runner-up holding as many as four B standards.

Nonetheless, if the Scot tears round the track inside the A standard at the Palace, which she has shown very capable of, she will also open the door to European U23 bronze medalist Meghan Beesley who fulfils the criteria with two Bs.

Olympic bronze medalist Tasha Danvers has had to skip the current season due to injury concerns.

3000mSC Barbara Parker and Hattie Dean, if she has fully regained her fitness, are certain to be named on the team on their A standards while U23 Eilish McColgan looks very likely to pick up a second B standard at Crystal Palace and make it a full quota of athletes in the event for Britain.

Heptathlon Defending World champion Jessica Ennis goes by right of her title and Commonwealth champion Louise Hazell is certain to be named following her recent PB of 6166pts. I don’t know whether U20 Katarina Johnson-Thompson might plan a late bid as she has got certainly the potential to top 6000pts.

20km RaceWalking Commonwealth champion Jo Jackson has earned her place ever since her 1h31:50 in the streets of London in late May.

HJ Steph Pywell returned with an encouraging 1.88 clearance early last month but hasn’t shown around since, hence the event looks bound to remain out in the wilderness.

PV Rocketing-high new UK record-holder Holly Bleasdale and Kate Dennison have long earned their berths on the team but none else looks anywhere near of filling the remaining vacant spot.

LJ Shara Proctor holds the A standard with a PB of 6.81m and is bound to be named where it may be a tall task for 19-year-old Lorraine Ugen to make 11cm on the B standard, twice at that, following her PB of 6.54m at the weekend. Two-time Olympic top-eight finalist Jade Johnson hasn’t shown at all.

TJ Laura Samuel, the World U20 silver medalist, looks to rediscover her form and fighting insticts and has snatched a late chance to keep whatever hopes alive of pulling a stunner out of her hat in time. Can she do it?

SP The event will stay anonymous as usual in recent times.

DT Jade Nicholls and Eden Francis are going both for broke as they desperately need a second B both to make the trip although the former will have the edge in case both make it – she has got a considerably better SB and PB of 60.76 and has beaten her domestic rival every time out this season.

HT Sophie Hitchon has virtually booked her place having thrown two Bs, doubling as UK records both times, and won bronze at the European U23 Championships.

JT Goldie Sayers has been always a certainty now that she is injury-free again whereas Laura Whittingham needs to grind out a last-gasp B standard to join her on the plane to Korea.