British Athletics has announced Callum Hawkins as its first selected athlete for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. It caps a successful year for the Kilbarachan AAC runner, who finished ninth in the men’s marathon at this summer’s Rio Olympics and set a new Scottish half marathon record at the Great Scottish Run in October.
British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: “We are delighted to confirm Callum’s selection for London. He has only competed over 26.2 miles three times, but we can already see the talent he has, finishing eighth at the London Marathon in 2016 and following that up in Rio at the Olympics with a brilliant ninth place."
Black added: ‘It is important for British Athletics to capitalise on the once in a generation opportunity of hosting the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London by selecting a large and competitive team, to help inspire the next generation of British track and field stars.’
Rodger Harkins, performance director at scottishathletics, said: “This is really good news on Callum and fully merited on the back of his great performance in Rio – getting inside that top 10.
“From our perspective, it is great to have a Scottish athlete already selected for the World Champs in London. It is another home Games opportunity for our athletes and we hope as many as possible will make it with Team GB and NI.”
The World Championships will be held in the capital from 5–13 August 2017.