Athletics: Luke who is set to feature on world stage

Dearne ALC athlete Luke Cutts. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe
Dearne ALC athlete Luke Cutts. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe
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Pole vaulter Luke Cutts has been named in a 35-strong British Athletics team for next month’s World Indoor Championships in Poland.

As well as Cutts (Dearne ALC), Lee Emanuel (City of Sheffield) and Mukhtar Mohammed (Sheffield Running Club) have also been included in the side. Emanuel is set to compete in the 1500m while Mohammed is set to take part in the 800m.

Sprinter James Dasaolu is ranked number one in the world in the 60 metres this year after posting a personal best of 6.47 seconds in the semi-finals of the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday.

He won the final, too, but crossed the line clutching his left hamstring and a scan has shown a minor tear, which rules him out of the championships in Sopot from March 7-9.

Dasaolu, who won a silver medal at the European Indoors last year, will resume training shortly in preparation for the outdoor season.

He said: “Unfortunately it will keep me out of competing at the World Indoors.

“I am disappointed but this is going to be a big year and I don’t want to take any risk at all. I will now concentrate on being 100 per cent fit for the outdoor competitions.”

It is the latest injury setback for the 26-year-old, who made headlines last summer by running 9.91secs for the 100m, the second fastest time ever for a British athlete behind Linford Christie.

There was also disappointment for multi-eventer Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who had hoped to be given an invitation by the IAAF for the pentathlon.

The 21-year-old has been in superb form this season but was forced out of her qualifying event for the championships at the weekend because of illness.

That left her relying on the one invitational spot, given at the discretion of the world governing body, but it was confirmed on Tuesday that she has missed out.

Johnson-Thompson will instead compete in the long jump, where she should be a medal hope having set a new personal best of 6.75 metres at the national indoor championships, the third longest jump in the world this year.

At the same meeting, Johnson-Thompson broke the British high jump record with a leap of 1.96m.

Laura Muir will be Britain’s main hope for a gold medal as the top-ranked woman in the 800m this year, while pole vaulters Holly Bleasdale and Luke Cutts are both second.

Asha Philip is also ranked world number two in the 60m and will be joined by 19-year-old Sophie Papps, who makes her senior debut for Britain.

In the absence of Dasaolu, former world indoor champion Dwain Chambers and Richard Kilty will compete in the men’s 60m.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: “This is a relatively young team with a number of new faces taking individual places, which is encouraging as we focus on long-term development towards 2016 and 2017.

“Where there were any close decisions, we have prioritised the Sainsbury’s British Athletics Championships results, and it is good to see athletes and their coaches who have made significant breakthroughs in the last year are maintaining those result.”



60m: Dwain Chambers, Richard Kilty

400m: Richard Buck, Nigel Levine

800m: Mukhtar Mohammed, Andrew Osagie

1500m: Lee Emanuel, Chris O Hare

3000m: Andy Vernon, Jonathan Mellor

60m hurdles: Andrew Pozzi, William Sharman

4x400m: Daniel Awde, Michael Bingham, Jamie Bowie, Buck, Luke Lennon-Ford, Levine, Conrad Williams

High Jump: Robbie Grabarz, Tom Parsons

Pole Vault: Luke Cutts


60m: Sophie Papps, Asha Philip

400m: Margaret Adeoye, Shana Cox

800m: Laura Muir

1500m: Jemma Simpson

3000m: Eilish McColgan

4x400m: Adeoye, Eilidh Child, Cox, Christine Ohuruogu, Victoria Ohuruogu, Laura Wake

60m hurdles: Tiffany Porter

Pole Vault: Holly Bleasdale

Long Jump: Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Shara Proctor