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British Athletics name team for Athletics World Cup

SPRINT QUEEN: Daryll Neita

BRITISH ATHLETICS announced 29 athletes set to compete at the Athletics World Cup on home soil at the London Stadium on July 14-15.

Long jumper Lorraine Ugen, high jumper Morgan Lake, hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon and sprinter Beth Dobbin all broke Championship records in taking gold at the Müller British Athletics Championships in Birmingham at the weekend to earn the right to wear the British vest at the Athletics World Cup.

In total, 21 of the 29 athletes selected for the Athletics World Cup were crowned British champions at the Alexander Stadium at the weekend including world indoor gold medallist Andrew Pozzi, Commonwealth gold medallist Nick Miller and former world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene.

Joining a highly experienced set of athletes are five who will make their senior British debuts, led by Scottish record holder and the fastest Briton over 200m this summer Dobbin and including European junior 1500m gold medallist Jemma Reekie and European junior triple jump bronze medallist Naomi Ogbeta.

Ojie Edoburun is the reigning European under-23 champion over 100m and equal second quickest Briton this year while Daryll Neita, Anyika Onuora and Rabah Yousif add Olympic, world and European medal winning pedigree to the British team. The selection for the men’s 1500m, and both 4x100m and 4x400m relays will be announced next week.

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As well as competing for a maximum eight points across the 34 events on the Athletics World Cup schedule, each individual athlete in the overall winning team will receive $10,000. Each individual athlete from the nation finishing as runners-up will receive $8,888 with third receiving £7,777 all the way down to seventh receiving £3,333 each and eighth receiving $2,200.

British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said: “Following on from a highly-competitive Müller British Athletics Championships at the weekend, we are delighted to announce those athletes selected to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the Athletics World Cup in London.

“The Athletics World Cup is an exciting new addition to the athletics calendar for 2018 and as a team we will be striving to achieve the highest finish possible. The team format adds something different compared to other championships with points on offer as well as medals and I look forward to seeing our athletes relish in the unique nature of the event.

“The London Stadium is a fantastic venue for athletics and we have a balanced team of experienced athletes who have competed at the very highest level and those who will be making their senior British debuts as they look to reach the top of the sport.”

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