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Sir Mo Farah headlines British team for World Athletics Championships

12 Juillet 2017

Long-jumper Greg Rutherford will also defend his crown in the same stadium where he won gold at the London 2012 Olympics, despite an ankle injury suffered last month. "Obviously this isn't ideal", Rutherford admitted.

Said Black: "I don't think we've any reason to be thinking other than we are going to be competitive for medals at similar levels to that which we've done before but we've all got to remember that this is the post-Olympic and Paralympic year". He's the existing world champion and has demonstrated an awesome ability to perform off unusual preparation. "His ability and history to perform off unusual preparation is so good and we'll support him all the way through to the competition".

Britain's best hope of a gold medal will again come from Mo Farah, who doubles up in the 5,000m and 10,000m, and another hero of Super Saturday, Greg Rutherford, is also named in the team despite facing an uphill struggle to recover in time from damaged ankle ligaments.

Farah, who has not been defeated in a 5000m or 10,000m race at a major championships since 2011, will be looking to pick up his fourth straight world title in the 5000m and complete a hat-trick of 10,000m world titles before he retires from track racing.

Laura Muir will hope to build on her double success at the European indoor championships in the 1,500 and 3,000 metres.

There was disappointment for sprinter Adam Gemili, who just missed out on a 200m Olympic medal last year, as the 23-year-old paid for his sixth place in the British trials and saw the last spot go to Zharnel Hughes.

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Black said: "That event is probably our best quality and strength-in-depth event so it was always going to be hard".

Britain won seven medals in athletics at the Olympics in Rio a year ago, the same number they won at the world championships in Beijing in 2015.

"This feels bigger for us than Rio", British Athletics performance director Neil Black said.

Dina Asher-Smith, Olympic bronze medallist at Rio 2016, will return in her triumphant 4x100m event as well as the 200m, while Perri Shakes-Drayton will compete in the 4x400m relay.

"We've selected some incredibly talented athletes, and in many events there have been some close calls".

There will be a second and final selection meeting on July 24, where athletes who have achieved qualifying standards can be added.

Sir Mo Farah headlines British team for World Athletics Championships