British Athletics has released the selection criteria for cross country and track and field world championships.
Many wondered if British Athletics would select senior athletes for the IAAF World Cross Country Championship, however, at least two male and two female senior athletes will have the chance to compete in Aarhus, Denmark on March 30.
The governing body has announced the selection policy for the championships and intends to select full teams for the male and female junior events, while senior athletes who finish in the top two at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships will secure places for the Aarhus hosted event.
At the 2017 championships in Kampala, Uganda, GB decided not to send a senior men’s team, while Louise Small, Rebecca Murray, Claire Duck and Emily Hosker Thornhill competed in the senior women’s race.
The Trial race will take place at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough on March 9 and all athletes wishing to be selected for the World Cross Country Championships must compete at the fixture.
The selection policy, that was released on Friday (December 2), states that athletes will be added to senior teams (up to a maximum of six per team, with four to score) where the “Selection Panel believes that there is a realistic potential for the team to finish at least in the top six in Aarhus”.
The selection policy also states that if either of the first two placed athletes at the trials is ineligible or declines selection their automatic selection will not be offered to the next eligible athlete.
The selection criteria for the IAAF World Championships in Doha between September 26 and October 6 has also been published.
The British Athletics Championships will take place in August on the 24-25 and will be the track and field trial for the World Championships.
The 10,000m trial for the 2019 World Championships will once again take place at the Night of the 10,000m PBs at Parliament Hill, Highgate in London on July 6.
The London Marathon will incorporate the marathon trial and the standard to make the GB team has been set at 2:13:00 for men and 2:31.00 for women.
This is faster than the IAAF’s qualification standards (2:16:00 / 2:37:00) and must be achieved between 1 May 2018 and 28 April 2019.
The full selection policy for can be found here.