University of Bath-based sprinter Andy Robertson has been rewarded for his medal-winning performance at the Indoor British Championships by being selected for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, USA.
Robertson, coached by Dan Cossins at the Sports Training Village, set a new personal best of 6.54 as he took men’s 60m silver in Sheffield on Saturday, just one-hundredth of a second behind James Dasaulo.
With defending World Indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty withdrawing himself from selection, both Dasaulo and Robertson have been named in the 23-strong British Athletics team for the global championships from March 17-20.
Robertson tweeted: “Really happy to be selected for the world indoor athletics championships in Portland. Can’t wait to get there.”
Lawrence Clarke, a MsC in Management graduate who trained at the University of Bath from 2009 to 2015, is Britain’s sole representative in the men’s 60m hurdles.
He finished runner-up in the British Championships to former training partner Andrew Pozzi, who has declined selection for Portland to concentrate on preparing for the outdoor season with coach Malcolm Arnold at the STV.
Neil Black, Performance Director for British Athletics, 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.”