Christine Ohuruogu, the world 400m champion, and Richard Kilty, the world indoor 60m champion, are among those selected for Britain’s 24-strong squad for the inaugural World Relays in the Bahamas next week.
The squad, who will compete in the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays, also sees the return of Asha Philip, Britain’s top women’s sprinter, who was left angered and bemused by her omission from the bronze-winning women’s 4x100m relay team at the world championships last year.
There is no place in the men’s 4x100m squad for James Dasaolu, who is behind schedule after injuring his thigh in February, or his training partner Adam Gemili, who is sitting university exams.
Martyn Rooney, who will compete in the men’s 4x400m, believes that all four British teams are capable of making the podium at the event, which begins on 24 May. “The atmosphere will be intense but we are ready,” he said. “In my event the Americans are strong and the Bahamians are doing well but we are in the mix.”
Rooney, who is trained by the men’s 4x100m coach Rana Reider, said the 4x100m squad were confident that they would not be dropping the baton this time.
“They are running very well and pushing each other all the time,” he said. “Having the core of the relay training together they should have a connection and an understanding so I bloody hope they get the baton round.”
Neil Black stressed that with the top eight teams in both the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m automatically qualifying for the 2015 world championships in Beijing it was important for his squad to perform.