Athletics

Mo Farah & Rutherford to compete in Team Championships

Farah will compete in the 5000m. (©GettyImages)
Farah will compete in the 5000m. (©GettyImages).

Olympic champions Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford will compete for Team GB in the European Athletics Teams Championships in Gateshead later this month reports the BBC.

Farah, 30, who famously took two gold medals at last summer's Olympics, is set to race in the 5,000m at the 12-team event, which takes place between the 22nd and the 23rd of June. 

Long Jump champion Rutherford, 26, is also in head coach Peter Eriksson's squad, as is 24 year-old Perri Shakes-Drayton, who will captain the team and run in the 400m.

Eriksson said: "In selecting the team, we prioritised athletes who would give us the best possible chance to win this prestigious competition.

"I am delighted that our athletes have made this event a key part of their summer campaign."

Shakes-Drayton, who won double gold at the European Indoor Championships in March, was previously a captain at the World Junior Championships in 2006.

"I'm so pleased to be selected as team captain and proud for myself and my coach," she commented. 

"It's always pleasing if you can be seen as a leader and a good example for your team-mates. I hope I can use my experience to help guide some of the new team members as we try to win the title in front of our home crowd."

Christine Ohuruogu, 29, a silver medallist at London 2012, will run as part of the 4x400 relay team, while Olympic bronze medal high jumper Robbie Grabarz, 25, is also competing. 

Belarus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and Turkey are the other nations taking part.


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