Athletics: Williamson secures 60m slot alongside Chambers
Wednesday 27 February 2008
Simeon Williamson will team up with Dwain Chambers after being selected for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad to compete in next month's World Indoor Championships in Valencia.
The European Under-23 100 metres champion will fill the second slot in the 60m alongside Chambers, who was automatically selected after winning the trials earlier this month. This year the 22-year-old has lowered his personal best to 6.60sec before finishing second behind Chambers in Sheffield but ahead of the European Indoor silver medallist Craig Pickering.
Pickering had been expected to be Chambers' main challenger but ended up trailing in fifth. Pickering and Williamson were then set to race at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham but the former pulled out with a virus, and a damaged hamstring meant the former European 100m junior champion abandoned his indoor season.
"This was a very close selection," said the UK Athletics' performance director, Dave Collins. "But Simeon has had a fantastic indoor season and coped very well under the amount of pressure and attention. It is great to have so many for the future."
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...