Great Britain and Northern Ireland team selected for European Athletics U18 Championships

Jess Bailey

UK Athletics has announced the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team selected for the European Athletics U18 Championships in Jerusalem, Israel from 4-7 July. With quality performances, coaching support and rankings the future is in great hands from the 40 athletes selected.

Jess Bailey (handicap 0.1) heads to Jerusalem as a strong medal prospect as the current European leader over 3000m, after a 9:19.12 clocking at the Milton Keynes BMC earlier this month. Bailey currently holds two of the top three fastest times recorded in Europe this season in the event.

Following a 3:47.86 clocking at the Sportcity BMC in May, Tendai Nyabadza (handicap -4.3) currently occupies third place in the European rankings. He will be joined in the 1500m by fellow Scot,  Corey Campbell (handicap -4.6), whose 3:48.49 personal best recorded at the Sportcity BMC meeting currently ranks him fourth in Europe. In the girls’ race, Annie Mann (handicap 1.5) has been selected following an impressive performance in April where she ran 4:19.63.

After already improving his personal best by a huge twenty seconds this year, another one to watch is James Knockton(handicap -4.1.) who is currently ranked third in Europe over the 3000m.

Over the 800m, Iris Downes (handicap -0.5.) has been selected to compete. Downs is currently ranked in the top three in Europe and has improved her personal best by over four seconds this season.

Team Leader, Laura Kerr, said: “The European Athletics U18 Championships provide an excellent opportunity for athletes and coaches to experience and learn key skills, abilities and behaviours needed to progress through the pathway and onto the senior international stage. We have selected a competitive team with the aim of making finals and I look forward to seeing how they perform.”

The full Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the European Athletics U18 Championships, Jerusalem, Israe can be found on this link.