British Athletics

British Athletics have selected three athletes for the European Throwing Cup in Split, Croatia on the 8-9 May 2021.

Chris Bennett (coach: Andy Frost; club: Shaftesbury Barnet), Taylor Campbell (John Pearson; Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow) and Scott Lincoln (Paul Wilson; City of York) will compete at the event which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

Earlier this month at the scottishathletics Spring Throws Invitational Meet, Chris Bennett threw over 75 metres in the hammer throw for the first time since 2018, with an effort of 75.69m. For the Scottish athlete, who competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, it was the third furthest throw of his career.

Also selected in the men’s hammer throw is Taylor Campbell who holds a season best of 74.38m. The Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow athlete improved his PB to 74.98m in 2020, building upon his bronze medal success at the World University Games in 2019.

In the men’s shot put, Scott Lincoln will pull on the Great Britain and Northern Ireland vest once again. The City of York athlete is in the best form of his career after a season best of 20.29m last weekend. During the truncated 2020 season he improved his personal best to 20.65m.

Maintaining the health and safety of all athletes, coaches and team personnel is of paramount importance to British Athletics, as is recognising athletes wishes in their preparation for the summer season, so all athletes were given the option to opt-in or opt-out of the event for this year.

The British team for the European Throwing Cup, Split, Croatia, May 8-9:

Men’s Hammer Throw

Chris Bennett (Andy Frost; Shaftesbury Barnet)

Taylor Campbell (John Pearson; Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow)

Men’s Shot Put

Scott Lincoln (Paul Wilson; City of York)

SHOESTRINGSFrom Inside the Games: UK Athletics (UKA) and the Diamond League maintain that the Anniversary Games will take place as planned at the London Stadium on July 13 despite a proposal to relocate it because of a likely staging cost of £3million ($4.2million/€3.5million).

The response from the two governing bodies comes after London’s Evening Standard revealed discussions had taken place between UKA and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) over transferring the annual event elsewhere because of the unusually high cost of configuring and reconfiguring the stadium – home of Premier League football team West Ham United – for an anticipated 20,000 spectators.

The venue was built to host the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as the Olympic and Paralympic athletics events.

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