Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics

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Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the
World Championships in Athletics

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Flag of the United Kingdom
National federation UK Athletics
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At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics
in Berlin
Competitors 60
Medals Gold

Great Britain and Northern Ireland (often referred to as Great Britain) is competing at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics from 15–23 August. UK Athletics announced a team of 60 athletes in July in preparation for the competition,[1] although it was known that some athletes might not compete due to injury.[2] Christine Ohuruogu entered the competition as the defending 400 metres champion. Selected athletes had achieved one of the competition's qualifying standards.

Ohuruogu, Jessica Ennis, and Phillips Idowu were identified as the athletes with the greatest chance of winning a gold medal; two of them succeeded. The team included the defending 400m gold and silver medallists, Ohuruogu and Nicola Sanders, respectively. Paula Radcliffe, the Marathon gold medallist in 2005, was the other individual medallist returning to the GBR team. Head coach Charles van Commenee stated that matching the last championships medal haul (5) was a reasonable target given a number of high profile injuries.[3]

Germaine Mason and Toby Sandeman withdrew from the squad due to injuries before the start of the competition.[4]

Team selection[edit]



  1. ^ Sandeman withdrew due to lack of fitness, after missing several training sessions prior to the Championships due to injury.
  2. ^ Mason withdrew due to an ankle injury, that was picked up in Stockholm prior to the games.


  1. ^ World champion Ohuruogu leads 60 strong British squad for Berlin. IAAF (2009-07-28). Retrieved on 2009-07-29.
  2. ^ GB pick Chambers in Worlds squad. BBC Sport (2009-07-28). Retrieved on 2009-07-29.
  3. ^ Hart, Simon (2009-07-28). Dwain Chambers to contest sprint double at World Championships. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2009-07-30.
  4. ^ Injury ends Mason's Berlin hopes. BBC Sport (2009-08-05). Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  5. ^ Radcliffe pulls out of marathon [BBC Sport] (2009-08-20). Retrieved on 2009-08-20
  6. ^ a b c d e f Casey, Phil. "British Trio in Hunt for Berlin Medals". Sporting Life. Sporting Life UK Ltd. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  7. ^ "Great Britain team take bronze as Usain Bolt grabs more gold". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  8. ^ Kessel, Anna (2009-08-18). "No miracle for Christine Ohuruogu as Sanya Richards takes gold". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Turnball, Simon (2009-08-17). "Simpson content to take supporting role in heat". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  10. ^ a b "Meadows claims bronze". The Press Association (Google). 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  11. ^ Kessel, Anna (2009-08-20). "Paula Radcliffe will not run the marathon at World Championships, UK Athletics confirms". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  12. ^ Gibson, Lee (2009-08-16). "Dwain Chambers races into semi-finals". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 

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