UK Athletics (UKA) have announced the athletes who will compete in the London 2012 athletics test event, at the Olympic Stadium next week on 4 – 7 May 2012.
More than 140 athletes, including London 2012 hopefuls Holly Bleasdale and Perri Shakes-Drayton, will be testing out the Stratford venue as the Capital gears up for the biggest sporting spectacle in the world this summer.
The athletes will compete at the Olympic Stadium alongside the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships, in a programme of events organised by UKA.
The occasion will be the first time the stadium will be open to the general public for an athletics competition and ticket sold out quickly at the start of April.
UKA’s Head Coach Charles Van Commenee said, “Preparing our athletes for what to expect when they walk into the Olympic Stadium at Games time is almost impossible.
“The noise of an Olympic Stadium when a home favourite walks out just cannot be replicated. This test event will form an important part of some athletes’ preparation.
“At this event they will get the chance to familiarise themselves with the Olympic Stadium and we can remove a number of unknown factors for them. We are looking forward to our first experience in the magnificent Olympic Stadium.”
Female athletes confirmed:
100m: Kadi Ann Thomas, Katherine Endacott, Corinne Humphreys, Annabelle Lewis, Marilyn Nwawulor, Sophie Papps, Torema Thompson, Abbi Tyson
200m: Kadi Ann Thomas, Louise Bloor, Marilyn Nwawulor, Nadine Okyere, Sophie Papps, Helen Pryer, Bianca Williams
400m: Eilidh Child, Laura Langowski, Kelly Massey, Kirsten McAslan, Mica Nottingham, Marilyn Okoro, Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, Laura Wake
800m: Karen Harewood, Charlotte Best, Tara Bird, Rowena Cole, Dawn Hunt, Jessica Judd, Alison Leonard, Celia Taylor, Charlene Thomas
3000m: Elle Baker, Julia Bleasdale, Lauren Deadman, Hannah Doran, Faye Fullerton, Annabel Gummow, Gemma Kersey, Abby McGhee, Laura Muir, Emma Pallant, Emily Pidgeon, Beth Potter, Emily Stewart, Jessica Sparke, Naomi Taschimowitz*, Laura Weightman, Katrina Wootton
100mH: Gemma Bennett
400mH: Lauren Bouchard, Eilidh Child, Nisha Desai, Tracy Duncan, Hayley McLean, Aisha Naibe-Wey, Emily Parker, Perri Shakes-Drayton
Pole Vault: Holly Bleasdale, Katie Byres, Kate Dennison, Sally Peake
Triple Jump: Nadia Williams
Discus: Eden Francis, Jade Nicholls
Hammer: Zoe Derham, Sophie Hitchon
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine