Olympic champion Greg Rutherford has passed a fitness test and been selected for the World Championships in Moscow, which starts on 10th August. 

The 26-year-old had sustained a hamstring injury and been out of action since the Diamond League meeting in Paris on 6th July. 

British Athletics announced its full squad two weeks ago but delayed naming a sole long jumper. 

Neil Black, UK Athletics performance director, believes Rutherford has shown enough in fitness tests to justify his inclusion in the squad. 

“Greg has shown a remarkable level of recovery,” Black said

“Following the fitness tests and his record of being able to produce a quality performance off minimal build-up, I am pleased to confirm his place in the GB & NI team. 

“He’ll continue to work closely with the support staff to maximize every additional moment in between now and 14th August.”

Fellow Brit Chris Tomlinson did not have the ‘A’ qualifying standard after competing at the Anniversary Games on Sunday, and managed only 7.99m.

He wasn't happy with the decision though, and the 31-year-old Tweeted his frustration at the decision.

Tomlinson said: ‘Hugely disappointed that I’m not going to Moscow, especially when in better current form & 100% fit & ready.’    

The team will be captained by Christine Ohuruogu, who won gold in the 400m at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.

 

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