Ohuruogu and Pavey selected for Olympics


Christine Ohuruogu and Jo Pavey have been included in the Great Britain athletics squad for the Olympic Games in Rio next month.

Sprinter Ohuruogu and long-distance runner Pavey faced anxious waits to discover if they will board the plane to Brazil, but the experienced duo will compete in what are surely to be their last Olympics.

Ohuruogu was beaten by Anyika Onuora in the 400 metres at the European Championships in Amsterdam last weekend, but the 32-year-old 2008 Olympic champion and two-time world champion got the nod for both the individual event and the 4x100m relay.

Veteran Pavey will become the first British track athlete to compete in five Olympics after the 42-year-old was preferred to Kate Avery, 18 years her junior, for the 10,000m.

Olympic champions Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford are the stand-out names in a team of 80 announced on Wednesday.

Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England said: "Track and field is one of the showpiece sports of an Olympic Games and in these 80 athletes we have a team full of the ability, pedigree and experience to match the spectacle.

"It's great to welcome back the household names who lit up London 2012 but I'm also sure the country can look forward to new heroes emerging in the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

"With well over 300 athletes now selected and just over three weeks to go until the start of the Games, Team GB, with an estimated 360 athletes in total, is shaping up to be the most talented team we've ever taken to an Olympic Games."