The run up to the IAAF World Championships next month currently feels a little clouded in controversy as more and more world players of the track and field are found to be doping. Add to that the hosts, Moscow, and their continuous issue with athletes and banned substances and you can see why there seems to be more attention off the track than on the competing athletes themselves. However with JEnnis-Hill setting out to defend her heptathlon title, Tiffany Porter and Perri Shakes Drayton looking to shake off the disappointment of London 2012 once and for all and Shara Proctor coming into form this season hopefully these ladies will draw attention back to the athletics itself for all the right reasons.
These championships will also see a host of fine young things on the Team GB squad with talent such as Jessica Judd in the 800m and heptathlon hopeful Katarina Johnson-Thompson looking to make their mark on the the senior world championships before leaving their teens. (Ok so KJT is 20 but that’s a kind of no man’s land before you hit 21 so can count as being a teen). Thrown into the mix also is a made for press story with 400m Olympic, World Champion and Commonwealth games gold medalist Christine Ohuruogu teaming up with little sister Victoria as part of the 9 strong 4 x 400m relay squad alongside her World indoor championship team mates Perri Shakes Dreyton and Shana Cox.
There are notable gaps in the team sheet for the injured Bleasdale and triple jump veteran Yamilé Aldama, however Team GB’s women are in good form so put the unsettling stories to one side, switch on BBC 1 from 10th August and watch them take on the world.
100m: Asha Philip. 200m: Anyika Onuora, Jodie Williams. 400m: Christine Ohuruogu. 800m: Jessica Judd, Laura Muir, Marilyn Okoro. 1,500m: Hannah England, Laura Weightman. 100m hurdles: Tiffany Porter. 400m hurdles:Meghan Beesley, Eilidh Child, Perri Shakes Drayton. 3,000m steeplechase:Eilish McColgan. Marathon: Sonia Samuels, Susan Partridge. 4x100m: Asha Philip, Hayley Jones, Annabelle Lewis, Ashleigh Nelson, Bianca Williams, Dina Asher Smith, Jodie Williams. 4x400m: Margaret Adeoye, Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Kirsten McAslan, Kelly Massey, Christine Ohuruogu, Victoria Ohuruogu, Anyika Onuora, Perri Shakes Drayton. Long Jump: Shara Proctor, Lorraine Ugen. Hammer: Sophie Hitchon. Heptathlon: Jessica Ennis, Katarina Johnson-Thompson.