The first seven members of the Team GB athletics squad for the Tokyo Olympic Games have been named. Following their stellar performances at the marathon trials last week, Chris Thompson and Steph Davis have booked their places, alongside race walker Tom Bosworth.
They’re joined by Ben Connor, who finished behind Thompson at the trials but had already run an Olympic qualifying time at the 2020 London Marathon in October, and Callum Hawkins, who earned pre-selection in December 2019 and acted as a pacemaker at the recent trials.
The remaining two athletes announced were Jess Piasecki and Steph Twell – meaning that Charlotte Purdue was the unlucky female marathoner to miss out. Purdue’s marathon best of 2:25:38 is quicker than both Twell’s and Davis’. However, it’s likely that recent form was taken into account when selecting the team, and Purdue’s last performance – albeit an excellent 1:08:23 half-marathon – was recorded back in February 2020.
‘We are really pleased to be announcing the first seven members of the athletics team for the Tokyo Olympic Games,’ said Sara Symington, UK Athletics performance director and Team GB Athletics team leader for Tokyo 2020. ‘I want to congratulate all the athletes on their selection. It is a significant milestone in their careers, and a proud moment for them, their coaches and support teams, family and friends.
‘Focus now turns to making sure they are prepared for that start line in Sapporo, so we will be supporting the athletes to achieve their goals at the Games.
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