Warburton wins Olympics selection appeal
Gareth Warburton has been added to Great Britain's athletics team for London 2012 in the 800 metres after winning an appeal over his non-selection.
Warburton was left out of the 77-strong team which was announced on Tuesday, having failed to achieve the second 'A' qualifying time he needed during last week's European Championships. However, the 29-year-old Welshman's appeal has been successful, meaning he joins Andrew Osagie and Michael Rimmer in the 800m.
Warburton, who was just 0.2 seconds away from achieving the qualifying time in Helsinki, said: "This is an incredible opportunity for me and I intend to make the most of it. I am joining a fantastic team of athletes and we're all focused on doing Britain proud this summer."
He added: "I was disappointed not to run the time in Helsinki. Hopefully they took into account it was a cold day and tough track and I had just run in the trials."
Ed Warner, chairman of UKA and the chairman of the appeals panel, said: "We appreciate that this is a difficult time for athletes who were not selected to Team GB. Appeals are heard on a matter of process and facts and not opinion, and the panel considered 11 appeals today of which only Gareth's was successful.
"We ensure that the original selection committee has followed the selection criteria appropriately and have made their decisions based on full and correct facts.
"In the case of Gareth Warburton and in light of independent legal advice, the appeals panel decided that the combination of Warburton's current A and current B standards made him selectable under the UKA selection policy and he has been added to the team."
There was no such good news for the likes of Emma Jackson, Jemma Simpson and Marilyn Okoro, though, all three of whom appealed after being overlooked in the women's 800m in favour of Lynsey Sharp.
UK Athletics would not release the names of the 11 athletes who appealed, although many had revealed via social networking sites that they had done so. Sprinter Laura Turner wrote on Twitter: "It breaks my heart to announce that I will not be competing in London 2012. There are no words right now."
And 200m runner Richard Kilty confirmed his appeal had also been turned down. It is understood Jade Nicholls (discus), Eden Francis (shot), Hattie Archer (3,000m steeplechase) and Marlon Devonish (4x100m) also appealed.