Commonwealth Games 2014: James Dasaolu and Chijindu Ujah left out of Team England's Commonwealth Games squad
Team England defend their decision to leave out two of their fastest ever 100m sprinters after announcing 129-strong squad for Games in Glasgow
Monday 16 June 2014
Team England bosses have defended attacking Glasgow's Commonwealth Games without two of Britain's fastest-ever 100 metre runners James Dasaolu and Chijindu Ujah.
Adam Gemili, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Richard Kilty will spearhead England's 100m bid in Glasgow next month, in a 129-strong athletics squad confirmed on Monday.
James Dasaolu has been overlooked despite recovering from hamstring problems, while Ujah's 9.96 in Holland on June 8 fell outside the qualifying period.
Team leader Peter Stanley said omitting Dasaolu was the "only decision we could have made", while conceding England were "stuck with" their early selection deadline due to administrative procedure.
"James was certainly discussed, our selection process and criteria, we were looking at athletes with current form, running from January 1, 2014, up until June 2," said Stanley on Dasaolu, who ran Britain's second-fastest ever 100m last year, at 9.91.
"James hadn't competed unfortunately, during that period, over 100 metres.
"So it didn't really leave us much room to nominate him, and he still hasn't competed yet, so it's the only decision we could have made.
"He is coming back from injury; I understand he is in good form, but now he'll have more time to complete his training programme with his coach to be ready for the Europeans.
"The Commonwealths are probably just a little bit too early for him I think.
"This way he'll have (the) chance to compete, get some competitions under his belt, test himself and come to a peak at the correct time for him."
Haringey's 2013 European junior champion Ujah clocked Britain's third-fastest 100m of all time in Holland - just six days after Team England's Commonwealth Games qualification deadline.
Stanley said he remains "comfortable" with the squad that will travel to Glasgow for the start of the games on July 23.
"If you look behind the scenes, we were confronted with an early nomination period, but again it's due to the size of the team," said Stanley.
"This competition only comes around once every four years, it is a protracted period I've got to be honest, but it's just the way the admin works.
"We had to have time for possible appeals, then the selection had to go through, everything had to be cleared administratively so we were just stuck with it really.
"I have spoken to CJ myself and I'm very comfortable with the decision that's been made."
Triple jumper Phillips Idowu has returned from last year's indefinite break to win Commonwealth selection, while Stanley said Christine Ohuruogu asked to be considered solely for relay action.
"Phillips has shown form within the current period, and quite remarkable form," said Stanley of the 35-year-old former world champion.
"He's staying on the circuit in Europe so he'll get some more competitions, and get some practice in at competing again."
Backing Katarina Johnson-Thompson's hepathlon bid, Stanley admitted the clear comparisons with reigning Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill are justified.
"Jessica won bronze in 2006 and Katarina is following a very similar and parallel footpath," he said.
"She just seems to be getting better and better.
"She's certainly one to watch, in fabulous form, recording personal bests across almost every event.
"She's looking like the real deal, but especially with seven events, you cannot hang a medal around anybody's neck."
Stanley expects Team England to battle at the top of the medal table, despite not targeting a specific haul.
Hailing double Olympic champion Mo Farah as central to England's chances, he said: "We want to do well of course on home soil, but we haven't actually set ourselves a medal target.
"I'd like to think we'll be vying for the top position, but who knows - it's a world-class event.
"I would suggest certainly for England it's very, very important to have Mo there, and for the games as a spectacle.
"No one could have failed to be moved by 'Super Saturday' in 2012.
"So if we could have something like that again in Glasgow that would be wonderful.
"I actually spoke to Mo only a few days ago, he's in very good shape, his training's going according to plan, everything's organised."
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