athlete Katharine Merry has joined a growing list of stars to pull out
of this weekend’s Olympic trials in Birmingham after succumbing to a
But the 25-year-old 400m
runner is almost definitely assured of a place in the British team as
she has already reached the Olympic qualifying standard, and is one of
the biggest medal prospects.
The member of the Birchfield
Harriers club had hoped to run before her home crowd at the weekend,
but decided she was unable to compete.
Last weekend she disappointed
fans at Crystal Palace after only coming third. She later revealed she
had been suffering from a stomach upset and had been on antibiotics.
Merry only turned to the 400m
last year after winning the AAA title that she will no longer be able
to defend, and shot to international fame by finishing fifth in the
world championships in Seville.
"I'm very disappointed
at having to miss the meeting. But the doctor has told me I must
take things easy so I have reluctantly pulled out."
Colin Jackson is also unlikely
to compete in the trials in Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.
He has not competed in the 110
metres hurdles for three weeks after suffering hamstring and thigh
Malcolm Arnold, Jackson's
coach, told The Times:
"It does not look as
though he is going to run.
"We will try a hard
hurdling session tomorrow but, as things stand, we might have to
leave it for another week."
Arnold also refuted claims
that the schedule had been changed to give Jackson the chance to run
in both the AAA trials and the Weltklasse meeting in Zurich tonight.
He told the UK Athletics website:
"You really wonder where these rumours start. Like
the one that he was running in Zurich tonight. And the one that we
asked for the trials timetable to be changed. He never planned to
run Zurich - and we never asked for the trials timetable to be
changed so that the men's hurdles was on Sunday rather than