Athletics: Chris O’Hare selected for Beijing

Chris O'Hare, far right, will now jet off to a team GB training camp in Japan. Pic: Getty
Chris O'Hare, far right, will now jet off to a team GB training camp in Japan. Pic: Getty
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CHRIS O’HARE has been given the green light to go for glory at next month’s World Athletics Championships in Beijing after being granted a spot in the 62-strong British team.

The 24-year-old Edinburgh AC runner was left to sweat on his place when he failed to land the second 1500m qualifying time demanded at last weekend’s Diamond League meeting in London.

However, he’s now able to begin packing to jet off to a training camp in Japan next week following a vote of confidence from selectors, who had no doubts that O’Hare was a certain pick despite leaving other big names at home.

“We feel we’ve been really consistent on the whole idea of focusing on realistic top eight performances for Beijing and realistic top eight performances for the future,” said UK Athletics performance director Neil Black.

“We applied ourselves to that almost religiously across the selection processes. So I’m very comfortable we’ve made good decisions.”

With Edinburgh AC club-mate Lynsey Sharp and Pitreavie’s Eilidh Child joining Steph Twell, Laura Muir and Mark Dry in securing their spots earlier this month, the addition of O’Hare and Kirsten McAslan makes it a record-equalling seven Scots who will get the chance to conquer the world.

And they join Olympic gold medallists Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford – plus young sprint hopes Zharnel Hughes and Dina Asher-Smith – for what is the perfect dress rehearsal for next summer’s Olympic tilt in Rio.

“Beijing is a hugely important event to us, yet this is the first of three huge global competitions, with the Olympics in Rio next year and the home World championships in 2017,” Black added.

“I’m very confident we have selected a team who can be successful in Beijing, as well as use it as a platform onto further Olympic and World successes.”

Meanwhile Guy Learmonth claims winning a Scottish 800m title in Aberdeen next month could be the perfect consolation for his world snub.

The Lasswade prospect narrowly failed to make the cut but may head north for a domestic challenge. “That could be a really nice option,” he said.