News13 Jul 2016

Three reigning Olympic champions headline British team for Rio


Jessica Ennis in the heptathlon javelin at the London 2012 Olympic Games (© Getty Images)

The British Olympic Association has today announced the 80 track and field athletes who will represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at next month’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Olympic champions Jess Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford will seek to retain their Olympic crowns in Brazil.

“Everything’s coming together now and I’m feeling good,” said Ennis-Hill. “Training over the past few weeks has been going really well and it’s been good to be back in the competitive environment recently. There’s still some time left before Rio to put some work in as well.

“London was an incredible experience and the two journeys to London and Rio have been completely different, which I’ve really enjoyed. If I was able to defend my title in Rio, it will certainly be one of my greatest achievements.”

Olympic medallists Christine Ohuruogu, who also won Olympic gold in 2008, and Robbie Grabarz also return and will again compete in the 400m and high jump respectively while Jo Pavey is set to compete in her fifth Olympic Games in the 10,000m.

“I’m very excited by this group of athletes and what I think we can achieve in Rio,” said athletics team leader Neil Black.

“There’s a real blend of experience and exciting new talent, with the likes of Olympic gold medallists Mo, Jess, Greg and Christine selected alongside those becoming Olympians for the first time, like Dina Asher-Smith, Chris Baker, Jazmin Sawyers and Elliot Giles.”

The athletics programme at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games runs from 12-21 August.

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British team for Rio

100m: James Dasaolu, James Ellington, Chijindu Ujah
200m: Adam Gemili, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Danny Talbot
400m: Matthew Hudson-Smith, Martyn Rooney, Rabah Yousif
800m: Elliot Giles, Michael Rimmer
1500m: Charlie Grice, Chris O'Hare
5000m: Andrew Butchart, Mo Farah, Tom Farrell
10,000m: Mo Farah, Ross Millington, Andy Vernon
Marathon: Callum Hawkins, Derek Hawkins, Tsegai Tewelde
3000m steeplechase: Rob Mullett
110m hurdles: Lawrence Clarke, Andy Pozzi
400m hurdles: Jack Green, Sebastian Rodger
High jump: Chris Baker, Robbie Grabarz
Pole vault: Luke Cutts
Long jump: Greg Rutherford
Hammer: Mark Dry, Chris Bennett, Nick Miller
20km race walk: Tom Bosworth
50km race walk: Dominic King
4x100m: Harry Aikines-Aryeteey, James Dasaolu, Ojie Edoburun, James Ellington, Adam Gemili, Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Danny Talbot, Chijindu Ujah
4x400m: Jarryd Dunn, Jack Green, Matthew Hudson-Smith, Nigel Levine, Martyn Rooney, Delano Williams, Rabah Yousif

100m: Desiree Henry, Daryll Neita, Asha Philip
200m: Dina Asher-Smith, Jodie Williams
400m: Emily Diamond, Seren Bundy-Davies, Christine Ohuruogu
800m: Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, Lynsey Sharp
1500m: Laura Muir, Laura Weightman
5000m: Eilish McColgan, Stephanie Twell, Laura Whittle
10,000m: Jessica Andrews, Jo Pavey, Beth Potter
Marathon: Alyson Dixon, Sonia Samuels
3000m steeplechase: Lennie Waite
100m hurdles: Cindy Ofili, Tiffany Porter
400m hurdles: Eilidh Doyle
High jump: Morgan Lake
Pole vault: Holly Bradshaw
Long jump: Shara Proctor, Jazmin Sawyers, Lorraine Ugen
Discus: Jade Lally
Hammer: Sophie Hitchon
Heptathlon: Jessica Ennis-Hill, Katarina Johnson-Thompson
4x100m: Dina Asher-Smith, Louise Bloor, Desiree Henry, Daryll Neita, Ashleigh Nelson, Asha Philip, Bianca Williams
4x400m: Margaret Adeoye, Seren Bundy-Davies, Emily Diamond, Eilidh Doyle, Kelly Massey, Christine Ohuruogu, Anyika Onuor