Enfield and Haringey Athletics Club's Chijindu Ujah has missed out on 100m selection for the European Championships

Chijindu Ujah has been selected to represent Team GB at the European Championships. Picture: Action Images

Chijindu Ujah has been selected to represent Team GB at the European Championships. Picture: Action Images

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Enfield and Haringey sprinter Chijindu Ujah has been included Team GB's 4x100m relay team for the upcoming European Championships but missed out on selection for the 100m.

The 20-year-old shot to prominance when he became just the fifth Briton to record a sub-ten-second time (9.96) in the 100m at the FBK Games in the Netherlands in June.

However, disappointing results at the British Championships and in the Diamond League have seen Ujah miss out on selection for the 100m, with James Dasaolu picked ahead of him.

Ujah, who is trained by Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo, finished third in 10.18 in the 100m final at the British Championships before coming sixth on his Diamond League debut in Paris, crossing the line in 10.20.

Dwain Chambers and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey had already confirmed their places by finishing first and second respectively at the British Championships in Birmingham last month, ensuring automatic selection for Zurich.

Dasaolu, 26, has run just twice outdoors this season due to injury but recorded identical times of 10.03 in the 'B' race Diamond League meeting in Lausanne and at the Glasgow Grand Prix at the weekend.

Richard Kilty joins Ujah, Chambers, Aikines-Aryeetey, Dasaolu, Adam Gemili, James Ellington and Daniel Talbot in being selected for the 4x100m relay team.

Enfield club-mate Desiree Henry has also been selected for the women’s 100m.
The 18-year-old in included alongside Asha Philip (Newham and Essex) and Ashleigh Nelson (City of Stoke).

Henry finished fourth in the 100m final at the British Athletics Championships last month in a time of 11.36.

Bianca Williams – also of Enfield and Haringey - is included in the women’s 4x100m relay team, alongside Henry, Louise Bloor, Anyika Onoura, Jodie Williams, Sophie Papps, Nelson and Philip.

British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said: "The fact that there were so many tough selection choices reflects on the depth and strength we have in some events this summer.

"There is an expectation for members of this team to be winning medals or challenging hard at the top end in their finals with youngsters coming through from junior ranks and our experienced medallists performing as strongly as they have in previous years.

"I’m genuinely excited as to the strength of the team headed for Zurich and looking forward next month’s championships in Switzerland."

The Championships run from August 12 to 17 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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