England bosses defend sprint selection

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TEAM England bosses defended heading into Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games without two of Britain’s fastest-ever 100 metre runners James Dasaolu and Chijindu Ujah.

Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Richard Kilty will spearhead England’s 100m bid in Glasgow next month, in a 129-strong athletics squad confirmed on Monday.

Dasaolu has been overlooked despite recovering from hamstring problems, while Ujah’s 9.96 in Holland on June 8 fell outside the qualifying period.

Team leader Peter Stanley said omitting Dasaolu was the “only decision we could have made”, while conceding England were “stuck with” their early selection deadline due to administrative procedure.

“James was certainly discussed, our selection process and criteria, we were looking at athletes with current form, running from January 1, 2014, up until June 2,” said Stanley on Dasaolu, who ran Britain’s second-fastest ever 100m last year, at 9.91.

“James hadn’t competed unfortunately, during that period, over 100 metres. So it didn’t really leave us much room to nominate him.”

As was expected, Sunderland’s Alyson Dixon was named in the marathon team.

ENGLAND SQUAD, MEN

100m: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Adam Gemili, Richard Kilty. 100m T37: Daniel Hooker. 200m: Chris Clarke, James Ellington, Danny Talbot. 400m: Michael Bingham, Nigel Levine, Martyn Rooney. 800m: Mukhtar Mohammed, Andrew Osagie, Michael Rimmer. 1500m: Lee Emanuel, Charlie Grice, Richard Peters. 1500m T54: Will Smith, David Weir. 5,000m: Mo Farah, Thomas Farrell, Andy Vernon. 10,000: Mo Farah, Jonny Mellor, Chris Thompson. Marathon: Ben Moreau, Nicholas Torry, Steven Way. 110m hurdles: Lawrence Clarke, William Sharman, Andrew Turner. 400m hurdles: Niall Flannery, Sebastian Rodger, Richard Yates. 3,000m steeplechase: Luke Gunn, James Wilkinson. 4x100m: Dwain Chambers, Andy Robertson, Mark Lewis Francis. 4x400m: Daniel Awde, Matthew Hudson-Smith, Conrad Williams. High jump: Chris Baker, Martyn Bernard, Tom Parsons. Pole Vault: Luke Cutts, Max Eaves, Steve Lewis. Long Jump: JJ Jegede, Greg Rutherford, Chris Tomlinson. Triple Jump: Nathan Douglas, Nathan Fox, Phillips Idowu. Shot: Scott Rider. Discus: Carl Myerscough, Tom Norman. Discus F42/44: Daniel Greaves. Hammer: Nick Miller, Alexander Smith, Amir Williamson. Javelin: Joe Dunderdale, Benji Pearson. Decathlon: Martin Brockman, Ashley Bryant, John Lane.

WOMEN

100m: Ashleigh Nelson, Asha Phillip, Bianca Williams. 200m: Anyika Onoura, Bianca Williams, Jodie Williams. 400m: Margaret Adeoye, Shana Cox, Kelly Massey. 800m: Jessica Judd, Jennifer Meadows, Marilyn Okoro. 1500m: Hannah England, Jemma Simpson, Laura Weightman. 1500 5,000m: Helen Clitheroe, Emelia Gorecka, Jo Pavey. 10,000m: Julia Bleasdale, Jo Pavey, Sonia Samuels. Marathon: Louise Damen, Alyson Dixon, Amy Whitehead. 100m hurdles: Tiffany Porter, Serita Solomon. 400m hurles: Meghan Beesley, Hayley McLean, Ese Okoro. 3,000m steeplechase: Rachel Bamford, Pippa Woolven. 4x100m: Louise Bloor, Hayley Jones, Sophie Papps. 4x400m: Emily Diamond, Christine Ohuruogu, Victoria Ohuruogu. High Jump: Bethan Partridge, Isobel Pooley. Pole Vault: Katie Byres, Sally Scott. Long Jump: Shara Proctor, Jazmin Sawyers, Lorraine Ugen. Long Jump F37/F38: Fiona Clarke, Bethany Woodward. Triple Jump: Yamile Aldama, Chioma Matthews, Laura Samuel. Shot: Eden Francis, Sophie McKinna, Rachel Wallader. Discus: Eden Francis, Jade Lally. Hammer: Shaunagh Brown, Sophie Hitchon, Sarah Holt. Javelin: Isabelle Jeffs, Freya Jones, Goldie Sayers. Heptathlon: Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Morgan Lake, Jessica Taylor.