Laura Muir sticks to 1500m as GB women outnumber men in Euro squad

first_img Muir and Rutherford fail to deliver stardust at Anniversary Games As a result Adelle Tracey is awarded the third place in the 800m, alongside Lynsey Sharpe and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke.Black insisted he was most excited about the prospect of Dina Asher-Smith, the British record holder over 100m and 200m, going for a treble gold in both events and the 4x100m relay. “She is definitely capable of winning three gold medals,” said Black. “I know she is amazingly determined. She is up there with the best in the world and we certainly have high expectations – but her own personal expectations are the highest of all.”Muir and Asher-Smith are the standout names in the 102-strong British squad, which is largest for more than 100 years. For the first time ever at a major championships there are also more women (56) selected than men (46) in the squad. Black refused to set a medal target for the British team, but insisted: “This is a huge opportunity for athletes to demonstrate form ahead of two global championship summers.“It is fantastic that for the first time ever more women than men have been selected and this underlines further that athletics is a truly equal sport. The team is our largest for over 100 years and we look forward to watching them thrive under the spotlight of a major championships. These European Championships are an important marker on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and we expect to be competing for medals at every turn.”The championships take place at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium from 7 to 12 August. Read more Reuse this content UK Athletics performance director Neil Black said the decision was taken by Muir, who had hoped to be the first woman to do the middle distance double at the Europeans, on Monday night after the 102-strong British squad had been selected.“Laura had a genuine intention to create history and do the double,” he added. “She’s a massively competitive athlete, but she has some achilles irritation and so she’s made the decision to focus on the 1500. It is disappointing. But I love the fact she makes good decisions and I’m sure we’ll see her at her best in Berlin.” Quick guide Full British team for the 2018 European Championships Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Hide European Championships Share via Email Laura Muir Laura Muir has resisted the urge to create history by attempting the 800m and 1500m double at next month’s European Championships after she suffered an achilles niggle at the weekend. As a result the 25-year-old, who was a double world indoor medallist earlier this year, will only run the 1500m in Berlin. news Read more Was this helpful? Support The Guardian Topics Share on WhatsApp Show Thank you for your feedback. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. 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