Callum Hawkins has been pre-selected by British Athletics for consideration by the British Olympic Association to take on the Tokyo 2020 marathon.
The early selection, seven months ahead of the Games, is intended to give the Kilbarchan AAC runner the best possible chance at winning a medal. The FPSG Athlete of the Year will be officially selected for nomination to the British Olympic Association at the end of April, assuming he continues to be in good form.
The 26.2 mile run at Sapporo on 9 August would be Hawkins’ second Olympic games. He finished ninth in his first Olympic outing in Rio four years ago. Olympic pre-selection rounds off a good year for Hawkins, who gave a stellar performance at the World Athletics Championships in Doha – just missing the podium with his fourth placed marathon finish
Hawkins told scottishathletics: "The Olympics are special in sport so to hear you have been selected for them is a great feeling. This means I won’t need to run another marathon between now and the Olympics – the plan will be to do a couple of half marathons and blocks of training.
"To make the Olympics twice with GB and NI does feel good. It’s something that seems so far away when you are a youngster growing up and competing in club races in Scotland."
For the other athletes who might be hoping to join Callum in Tokyo – like Steph Twell and Steph Davis – London Marathon on 26 April will act as British Athletics’ official trial. The top two finishers in London will be guaranteed selection, as long as they have met the qualifying standard: 2:11:30 for men and 2:29:30 for women.