Gemili, Green and Dobriskey in Olympic squad
14:46 03 July 2012
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Adam Gemili, Jack Green and Lisa Dobriskey selected for Team GB
Kent trio Adam Gemili, Lisa Dobriskey, and Jack Green have been selected for the Team GB squad.
Gemili (100m and 4x100m relay) and Green (400m hurdles, and 4x400m hurdle relay) were widely expected to be in the lineup, but Dobriskey’s place in the 1500m event was far from assured.
The Ashford runner made the final of the 1,500m trials last month, after overcoming a life-threatening illness. The former world silver medalist who won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and silver at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, clinched her place with a second place finish at the trials in Birmingham, having previously failed to achieve the qualification time.
Young sprinter Adam Gemili burst onto the scene just last month after becoming the fastest British runner this year, and the second ever fastest for his age behind Dwain Chambers. He achieved the Olympic A qualification time for the 100m in Regensburg, in Germany. He beat his personal best of 10.23 in the heats, with a time of 10.11, then ran 10.08 in the final.
Jack Green claimed his place after running the qualification time last month, and finishing second behind Dai Greene in the trials.
Blackheath and Bromley runner Scott Overall had already been selected for the marathon earlier this year.
Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said: “As we pass the landmark figure of 500 athletes selected to Team GB, I am delighted to announce such a talented and experienced group of track and field athletes added to Our Greatest Team for the London 2012 Olympics today.
“The progress the athletics squad has made since the last Olympics in Beijing is phenomenal. With a record medal haul of nine medals at the World Indoor Championships earlier this year, they have a fantastic opportunity to produce something special as part of Team GB this summer.
“With the likes of World Champions Mo Farah and Dai Greene, World silver medallists Jessica Ennis and Philips Idowu and reigning Olympic Champion Christine Ohuruogu part of the 71 strong squad, Team GB’s athletes will be aiming to unite and excite the nation with their performances and create moments in the Olympic Stadium in Stratford that will go down in British Olympic history.
“With the passionate and enthusiastic vocal support of the 80,000 strong home crowd behind them, I have every confidence that our track and field athletes will rise to the occasion and inspire many future generations with their exploits on the track, and in the field.”
Head Coach Charles van Commenee said: “I am very proud to have nominated such as strong team of athletes to Team GB. Our collective philosophy since Beijing has been one of raising the bar as we work towards London 2012.
“I believe this team is well prepared to go out there, be competitive and achieve on the greatest sporting stage in front of a home crowd.”