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Team of 54 set to represent British Athletics in the European U23 Championships

British Athletics today announced a 54 strong team which will head to Bydgoszcz, Poland for the European Under-23 Championships to be held between 13-16 July 2017.

Olympic 4x100m bronze medallist Daryll Neita (coach: Jonas Dodoo) and the ever-improving Ojie Edoburun (Dodoo) headline the team after both earned selection for the women’s and men’s 100m and 4x100m relay respectively. The pair impressively revised their personal bests at last weekend’s trials event in Bedford, Neita to 11.20 and Edoburun to 10.12.

It also means that Edoburun is one of six European Junior gold medallists from 2015 to have earned a call-up to the U23 championships. He will be joined by former team-mates Alex George (Paul de-Camps) (5000m), Cheriece Hylton (Freckleton) (4x400m relay), Shannon Hylton (Ryan Freckleton) (200m & 4x100m), Morgan Lake (Aston Moore / Fuzz Caan) (High Jump) and Imani Lansiquot (Dodoo) (100m and 4x100m).

Two medallists from the 2015 edition of the Under-23 championships will return to try and repeat the feat. Neil Gourley (Ben Thomas) and Chris Kandu (Fuzz Caan) both won bronze medals in Talinn, the former in the 1500m, and the latter excelling in the high jump. They will both compete in the same events in July.

There are also high hopes for Jamaine Coleman (Andy Bibby) and Aimee Pratt (Vicent Modahl) in the 3000m steeplechase. Jess Judd (Mick Judd) is selected for the 1500m and 5000m after an impressive run of form, most recently running a personal best over 1500m at a BMC meeting in Watford earlier this month, recording 4:05.20.

After a personal best of 5873 points last weekend in the Czech Republic, Katie Stainton (Kelly Sotherton) will take on the heptathlon, whilst Tim Duckworth (Toby Stevenson) who has impressed in recent months with a personal best of 7973 points, leads the charge in the men’s decathlon.

David Parker, the Team Leader of the British team, commented upon selection:

“I am delighted to pick such a strong British Athletics squad to represent the country and take on Europe’s best in the age group. We have a number of athletes who are ranked highly in the 2017 standings, so we will go in to the championships with many of medal contenders, and plenty who will be looking to step up and place highly in finals.

“We have selected 54 athletes across a variety of disciplines which is particularly encouraging. We saw some great performances in Bedford last weekend, and I hope they can continue that form in Poland next month.”

The full British Athletics team for the European U23 Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland between 13-16 July 2017:

Women:

100m: Imani Lansiquot (Jonas Dodoo) and Daryll Neita (Jonas Dodoo)

200m: Finette Agyapong (Coral Nourrice), Shannon Hylton (Ryan Freckleton), and Ama Pipi (Ronnye Harrison)

400m: Laviai Nielsen (Frank Adams)

800m: Hannah Segrave (Chris Layne)

1500m: Jess Judd (Mick Judd) and Amy Griffiths (Rob Denmark)

5000m: Jess Judd

10,000m: Philippa Bowden (Mick Woods), Phoebe Law (Mick Woods) and Jenny Nesbitt (David Walker)

3000m Steeplechase: Aimee Pratt (Vicente Modahl)

100m Hurdles: Yasmin Miller (Robert Smith)

400m Hurdles: Jessica Turner (Nick Dakin)

High Jump: Morgan Lake (Aston Moore / Fuzz Caan)

Pole Vault: Lucy Bryan (Alan Richardson)

Discus: Amy Holder (Neville Thompson)

Heptathlon: Katie Stainton (Kelly Sotherton)

4x100m relay: Finette Agyapong, Shannon Hylton, Imani Lansiquot, Daryll Neita, Yasmin Miller, Diani Walker (Lloyd Cowan)

4x400m relay: Cheriece Hylton (Ryan Freckleton), Laviai Nielsen, Lina Nielsen (Frank Adams), Ama Pipi, Kelsey Stewart (Ken Hogg), Jess Turner

Men:

100m: Reuben Arthur (Ryan Freckelton), Joseph Dewar (Gladys Bird) and Ojie Edoburun (Jonas Dodoo)

400m: Cameron Chalmers (James Hillier)

800m: Daniel Rowden (Richard Thurston / John Stow)

1500m: Robbie Fitzgibbon (Jon Bigg), Neil Gourley (Ben Thomas), James West (George Gandy / Mark Hookway)

5000m: Alex George (Paul de-Camps) *subject to fitness

10,000m: Ellis Cross (Mick Woods)

3000m Steeplechase: Jamaine Coleman (Andy Bibby) and Daniel Jarvis (Mick Woods)

110m Hurdles: Khai Riley-La Borde (Ray Gibbins / Richard Turner) and James Weaver (Laura Turner-Alleyne)

400m Hurdles: Jack Lawrie (Roy Buchanan) and Jacob Paul (Marina Armstrong)

20km Walk: Cameron Corbishley (Andi Drake)

High Jump: Chris Kandu (Fuzz Caan)

Pole Vault: Charlie Myers (Chris Boundy)

Long Jump: Jacob Fincham-Dukes (Zivile Pukstiene)

Javelin: Harry Hughes (Michael McNeil) *subject to fitness

Hammer: Taylor Campbell (John Pearson)

Decathlon: Tim Duckworth (Toby Stevenson)

4x100m: Reuben Arthur, Joseph Dewar, Kyle de Escofet (Andy Paul), Ojie Edoburun, Theo Etienne (Ryan Freckleton) and Chris Stone (Connell MacQuisten)

4x400m relay: Cameron Chalmers, Sam Hazel (Jane Dixon), Elliot Rutter (Tony Hadley), Ben Snaith (Mick Graham), Tom Somers (Benke Blomkvist), Lee Thompson (John Henson)

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