British Athletics and British Cycling have named their respective teams to compete in the European Championships this August, with a total of 45 athletes and 15 cyclists who represented Team England on the Gold Coast this April included.
The European Athletics Championships, due to be held in Berlin from the 6th to the 12th August, will see a star-studded cast of British Athletes pitted against the continent’s best, with a remarkable 100+ athletes travelling to Germany to compete.
For the first time ever at a major championships, Britain’s team includes more women (56) than men (46) selected to compete, a feat which Performance Director Neil Black believes “underlines further that athletics is a truly equal sport.”
Amongst the 102 selected athletes are 2018’s world leading female long jumper Lorraine Ugen, who is coming off the back of some of the best results of her career. Having been selected to captain Great Britain’s inaugural Athletics World Cup, Ugen claimed her second consecutive British title in Birmingham earlier this month with a recorded jump of 7.05m, a new personal best.
Joining the 26-year-old in Berlin are sprinting sensations Reece Prescod, Adam Gemili, Zharnel Hughes and Dina-Asher Smith, with Hughes and Asher-Smith both picking up medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games a couple of months prior.
Hughes, who will be competing in the men’s 100m and 4x100m relay team in Berlin, picked up a gold medal as part of the relay team on the Gold Coast. He also was triumphant at the Müller Anniversary Games, a highlight on the Diamond League calendar, where he took gold and silver in the 4x100m relay and 100m, respectively.
Asher-Smith is Britain’s fastest ever woman. Having clinched an impressive bronze and gold medal in the 200m and 4x100m relay on her Commonwealth debut in April, the 22-year-old sprinter was also secured the British title in Birmingham this month in the 100m.
British Cycling also announced their team for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships which included 15 athletes who represented Team England on the Gold Coast.
Recently crowned Commonwealth champion Annie Last will return to racing in the Great Britain colours when she lines up on the start line at Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails on 7 August.
Last said: “Representing my country is always an honour and I’m pleased I’ve been able to do my country proud twice recently: my gold medal for Team England at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year and my silver medal at the world championships last season."
The Glasgow 2018 European Championships marks the beginning of the Olympic qualifying period for track cycling at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and a strong squad has been selected accordingly.
In the track discipline, 11 Team England athletes, including Kian Emadi, Emily Kay, Ethan Hayter and Katy Marchant will compete.
Commonwealth medallist Harry Tanfield will headline the field in the European Road Championships.
Tanfield, from North Yorkshire, will compete in the men’s time trial in Glasgow, the event which he claimed silver in at the Gold Coast, glossing over his Commonwealth debut in style.
Hayley Simmonds and Adam Blythe also competed at the Gold Coast, and will add some tournament experience to the road squad, which also includes Glasgow Commonwealth Games participants Scott Thwaites, Alex Dowsett and Ian Stannard.