Greg Rutherford named in Great Britain team for World Indoor Championships

Greg Rutherford has been included in the Great Britain team for the World Indoor Championships

Greg Rutherford will bid for a first major indoor title of his career after being named in Great Britain's team for this month's World Indoor Championships in Portland.

The long jumper is the only global champion included in a slimmed-down team of 23 athletes.

The vast majority of Britain's leading names are absent, with the likes of Mo Farah, who will instead compete at the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff on March 26, Jessica Ennis-Hill, who has an Achilles problem, and Katarina Johnson-Thompson all opting to skip the event.

Rutherford has missed his last two competitions, in Glasgow 10 days ago and Sheffield last weekend, due to a small muscle injury and then a chest infection, but still has two-and-a-half weeks to return to full fitness.

Lynsey Sharp, the European and Commonwealth silver medallist over 800 metres, has made a late decision to compete, joining major championship debutant Adelle Tracey in the team.

Andrew Robertson has been handed the second 60m spot alongside James Dasaolu after Richard Kilty made a late decision not to defend the world title he won two years ago in Sopot.

The 25-year-old from Manchester was picked ahead of Sean Safo-Antwi after his second place, in 6.54 seconds, behind Dasaolu at the trials in Sheffield on Saturday.

Chris Baker, the world number two, is joined in the high jump by Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz.

Shara Proctor, who won silver at last summer's World Championships, is included in the long jump, having missed the trials as a precaution due to a tight hip.

Morgan Lake, 18, will compete in the pentathlon.

Nigel Levine (400m), Andy Pozzi (60m hurdles) and Hannah England (1500m) all declined selection to focus on preparing for the outdoor season.

Britain has not entered a team for either the men's or women's 4x400m relay.

Tiffany Porter in the 60m hurdles is the only member of the team who won a medal in Sopot at the previous edition of the championships.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "This is a team that has been selected on the basis that every athlete can realistically make their final, but also with an eye on their individual development looking towards the Olympics this year and the London 2017 World Championships.

"There have been some excellent performances during the indoor season and we are confident that many of those selected will be challenging for medals.

"It is important to remember that British Athletics' focus, as well as that of the individual athletes, is geared towards Rio in this Olympic year and the World Indoors is one of many stepping stones our athletes will look to use."

Great Britain team for World Indoor Championships in Portland, March 17-20:


60m - James Dasaolu, Andrew Robertson

1500m - Charlie Grice, Chris O'Hare

3000m - Lee Emanuel, Tom Farrell

60m hurdles - Lawrence Clarke

High jump - Chris Baker, Robbie Grabarz

Long jump - Dan Bramble, Greg Rutherford


60m - Dina Asher-Smith, Asha Philip

800m - Lynsey Sharp, Adelle Tracey

3000m - Josephine Moultrie, Steph Twell

60m hurdles - Tiffany Porter, Serita Solomon

High jump - Isobel Pooley

Long jump - Shara Proctor, Lorraine Ugen

Pentathlon - Morgan Lake

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