Junior Worlds call-up for Alisha Rees and Michael Olsen

Capital starlets Alisha Rees and Michael Olsen are set for a showdown with the best teens on the track after being handed a golden ticket to next month's IAAF world junior championships in Finland.

Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 1:23 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 6:48 pm
Alisha Rees. Pic: Bobby Gavin

The sprint duo have been named in a 40-strong British squad for the showpiece, which will be staged in Tampere from 10-15 July.

Loughborough-based Rees came second in the 200 metres at this month’s trials in Bedford after smashing the Scottish junior record earlier this season, while her Edinburgh AC club-mate Olsen will run in the 4x100 relay following victory at last weekend’s Mannheim International in Germany.

“We’ve selected a strong team for the world junior championships that we believe has an excellent chance of challenging for medals,” British team leader Trevor Painter said.

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“We saw some excellent performances at Mannheim International over the weekend which produced great levels of competition from all our athletes, with personal bests broken all over the track and field, a trend which we hope continues in Tampere.

“The team contains a strong array of medal prospects and athletes that we believe can reach the finals of their respective event and thrive on the world junior championship stage.”