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Martyn Rooney wins World Championship selection appeal

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Great Britain's 400m specialist Martyn Rooney has won in an appeal against him not being selected to compete in the individual 400m at this month's World Championships in Beijing. 

Despite not being selected for the individual event, Rooney was part of the relay team and now, after appealing to UK Athletics has both events to look forward to. 

Rooney ran a season best 45.41 seconds to finish third in last week's Stockholm Diamond League meeting, which has provided good evidence that he has what it takes to race against the world's best in China.

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"Beating the people that I beat in Stockholm showed that I'm more than capable of racing against the best guys in the world and that's pretty much the criteria they wanted us to hit."

The 28-year-old succeeded at last year's European Championships taking gold medal's in both the individual 400m and the relay race. And says he can now "focus on preparing" and representing Team GB to "the best of my ability".

He said: "Beating the people that I beat in Stockholm showed that I'm more than capable of racing against the best guys in the world and that's pretty much the criteria they wanted us to hit."

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UK Athletics set a strict criteria that an athlete must meet to be eligible for selection at the World Championships, one rule being that a competitor must be a reigning European or world champion.

Appeal system

Athletes who were unable to make the squad were able to appeal against the decision on the basis that the selection criteria had not been followed correctly, or that there was a factual error in the selection process. 

10,000m runner Andy Vernon and Steeplechaser Lennie Waite were less fortunate in their appeals after being omitted from the 62-man World Championship squad.

The 15th IAAF World Championships will begin on August 22 at the iconic Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing.  

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