World Athletics Championships: FOUR BRITONS ON THE BRINK

JULIAN GOLDING

Despite his crushing 200m defeat in Zurich on 11 August, this 23-year- old Londoner has masses of talent and a fierce desire to improve his best from its current level of 20.18sec to sub-20sec territory. With Maurice Greene and Frankie Fredericks here, this is the kind of event which could seem him make the breakthrough.

KATHARINE MERRY

Performances this year have helped persuade her coach, Linford Christie, to allow her to make a long-awaited switch from 200 to 400m. Her third place at Crystal Palace behind the championship favourites, Cathy Freeman of Australia and Falilat Ogunkoya of Nigeria, saw her lower her best to 50.62. More, and a medal, may be to come.

DWAIN CHAMBERS

Like his friend and training partner Golding, Chambers is one of Britain's brightest young sprinting talents. Having broken 10 seconds already this season, he could move even closer to Linford Christie's European record of 9.87sec here, driven on by the fierce domestic rivalry of Jason Gardener, who recorded 9.98sec in Lausanne last month.

BEN CHALLENGER

Two championships - two victories. The 21-year-old from Loughborough has already achieved his season's goals of winning the World Student and European Under-23 high jump titles in a personal best of 2.30m. This is an extra - and the quirkily-tonsured Challenger cleared his best height with five or six centimetres to spare.

GREAT BRITAIN SQUAD

MEN

100m

Darren Campbell, Dwain Chambers, Jason Gardener

200M

Marlon Devonish, Julian Golding, Doug Turner

400M

Jamie Baulch, Mark Richardson, Solomon Wariso

800m

Curtis Robb, Mark Sesay, Jason Lobo

1500m

John Mayock

5,000m

Rob Denmark, Keith Cullen, Karl Keska

10,000m

Jon Brown

110m hurdles

Colin Jackson, Tony Jarrett

400m hurdles

Tony Borsumato, Paul Gray, Chris Rawlinson

Decathlon

Dean Macey

High jump

Ben Challenger, Steve Smith

Pole vault

Kevin Hughes

Long jump

Nathan Morgan

Triple jump

Jonathan Edwards, Julian Golley, Larry Achike

Shot

Mark Proctor

Discus

Glen Smith, Bob Weir

Javelin

Steve Backley, Mick Hill, Nick Nieland

4x100m relay

From: Darren Campbell, Dwain Chambers, Marlon Devonish, Jason Gardener, Julian Golding, Allyn Condon

4x400m relay

From: Jamie Baulch, Mark Hylton, Mark Richardson, Solomon Wariso, Geoffrey Dearman, Jared Deacon

WOMEN

100m

Christine Bloomfield, Joice Maduaka

200m

Christine Bloomfield, Joice Maduaka

400m

Katharine Merry, Donna Fraser

800m

Kelly Holmes, Diane Modahl

1500m

Kelly Holmes, Hayley Tullett, Helen Pattinson

5,000m

Paula Radcliffe

10,000m

Paula Radcliffe

100m hurdles

Diane Allahgreen, Keri Maddox

400m hurdles

Natasha Danvers, Sinead Dudgeon, Keri Maddox

Heptathlon

Denise Lewis

Long jump

Joanne Wise

Triple jump

Ashia Hansen

Hammer

Lorraine Shaw

4x100m relay

From: Diane Allahgreen, Shani Anderson, Christine Bloomfield, Stephanie Douglas, Joice Maduaka, Marcia Richardson

4x400m relay

From: Natasha Danvers, Sinead Dudgeon, Helen Frost, Katharine Merry, Michelle Thomas, Donna Fraser

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