Dasaolu handed final 100m spot

James Dasaolu has been named in the Great Britain & Northern Ireland squad for next month's European Championships in Zurich

James Dasaolu has been named in the Great Britain & Northern Ireland squad for next month's European Championships in Zurich

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James Dasaolu has been handed the third and final 100 metres spot on the Great Britain & Northern Ireland team for next month's European Championships in Zurich.

The 26-year-old south Londoner will join Dwain Chambers and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, who qualified by finishing first and second at the trials in Birmingham in June.

It means no individual berth for British number one Chijindu Ujah, who will have to be content with a place in the 4x100m relay squad despite clocking 9.96secs this season.

Joining Dasaolu in the 74-strong squad will be former world champion Dai Greene, who has been selected to compete in the 400m hurdles despite failing to achieve the required qualifying time.

Reigning world champion Christine Ohuruogu will contest the women's 400m, while Mo Farah will go for another double in the 5,000m and 10,000m despite a recent struggle with illness.

Rising heptathlon star Katarina Johnson-Thompson will focus solely on the long jump, while fellow heptathlete Morgan Lake will contest the high jump.

Eight athletes will make their senior international debuts, including former world youth silver medallist Alison Leonard in the women's 800m and reigning European junior champion Jake Wightman in the men's 1,500m.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "The fact that there were so many tough selection choices reflects on the depth and strength we have in some events this summer.

"There is an expectation for members of this team to be winning medals or challenging hard at the top end in their finals, with youngsters coming through from junior ranks and our experienced medallists performing as strongly as they have in previous years.

"I'm genuinely excited as to the strength of the team headed for Zurich and looking forward to next month's championships in Switzerland."

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