10 Scots in World Athletics Championships team

The all-Scottish men’s 1500m team of Neil Gourley, Jake Wightman and Josh Kerr

Scottish Athletics said that 10 Scots have been selected for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team to compete at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon next month.

It said the number could rise further once those with high places in the world rankings are considered over the next 48 hours when updated lists are confirmed.

Scots will make up the full complement in the men’s 1500m team with Jake Wightman, Neil Gourley and Josh Kerr all selected.

Laura Muir (1500m), Jemma Reekie (800m) and Eilish McColgan (5000m & 10,000m) were selected in the women’s endurance events and there are also places in individual events for sprinters Beth Dobbin (200m) and Nicole Yeargin (400m).

Andy Butchart is selected for the fifth time for a global championship event in the 5000m and Zoey Clark will be part of the 4x400m relay squad again.

In total, the British Athletics team numbers 64 athletes for the event in Eugene, Oregon.

The full list of Scots headed to Oregon:

(Alphabetical order, with event and coach)

Andy Butchart: 5000m; Gary Lough

Zoey Clark: Women’s 4x400m and Mixed 4x400m; Ryan Oswald

Beth Dobbin: 200m and 4x100m; Leon Baptiste

Neil Gourley: 1500m; Stephen Haas

Josh Kerr: 1500m Danny Mackey

Eilish McColgan: 5000m and 10,000m; Liz Nuttall

Laura Muir: 1500m; Andy Young

Jemma Reekie: 800m; Andy Young

Jake Wightman: 1500m; Geoff Wightman

Nicole Yeargin: 400m and Women’s 4x400m and Mixed 4x400m; Boogie Johnson

“It’s a huge achievement and on these occasions we also want to thank clubs who have played a key role in their development over many years,” said Scottish Athletics.

“A number of the athletes continue to reference their initial club on a regular basis when competing at elite level.

“Associated with this selection in particular would be Central AC, Aberdeen AAC, Edinburgh AC, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, Kilbarchan AAC, Giffnock North AC and Pitreavie AAC.”

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