Richard Kilty, the double reigning European 60m champion, has hit out at not being given the chance to attempt an historic hat-trick in Glasgow next month after British Athletics were forced into humiliatingly selecting just one male sprinter despite having three spots to fill.
While event organisers European Athletics allow anyone who has run 6.78 seconds to compete at the European Indoor Championships, British Athletics decided to lower their selection requirement to 6.60sec – a time only Reece Prescod and Chijindu Ujah have managed, with both men opting against competing in Glasgow.
That left the governing body only able to pick people based on their 100m times from last summer, with Ojie Edoburun – who finished last in the 60m at last week’s British Championships – the sole viable option.
Edoburun’s selection as Britain’s only male sprinter means the host nation will now be without a number of athletes capable of extending the country’s record of winning a men’s 60m medal at 16 successive European Indoor Championships. Most notable is former world champion Richard Kilty who, on the comeback trail from Achilles surgery last summer, has steadily improved to run 6.63sec and 6.64sec in Birmingham on Saturday, but has now been denied the chance to defend his title.