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Adam Gemili, Jack Green, Dina Asher-Smith, Shannon Hylton and Tom Bosworth selected for London 2017 World Championships

By Alex Hoad

Several Kent athletes have been named in the British Athletics squad for the World Championships in London next month.

An injury-hit campaign for Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili saw him left out of his individual events, the 100m and 200m, though he has been included in the 4x100m relay squad.

The 23-year-old finished 5th in the World Championship 200m final in 2013 and missed out on a medal in the Rio Olympic final last year by thousandths of a second to Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre.

Adam Gemili
Adam Gemili

His Blackheath & Bromley AC teammate Dina Asher-Smith managed to recover from a broken bone in her foot sustained in February to prove her fitness just in time to be included as one of three TeamGB runners in the women's 200m - in which she won European Gold last year.

The 21-year-old British record holder for 100m and 200m is also part of the 4x100m relay squad - having previously claimed a bronze in the event at the Rio Olympics last summer and at the World Championships in Moscow in 2013.

Dina Asher-Smith
Dina Asher-Smith

In the relay squad she joins her friend and Blackheath & Bromley AC teammate Shannon Hylton, who registered a superb win in the British Championships earlier this month to ensure her 200m selection, while US-based B&B long-jumper Lorraine Ugen is also in the squad.

Maidstone-born Jack Green was also crowned British Champion at Birmingham that day and the now Folkestone-based star will take the sole GB place in the 400m hurdles.

He reached the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles in his only previous World Championship appearance in Daegu in 2011 and exited at the same stage at the London and Rio Olympics.

The 25-year-old has also been recalled to the 4x400m relay team, having dragged the team to the fringe of the medals in the event at London 2012 and helped the relay team to bronze at the European Championships in Amsterdam last year.

Fresh from setting a one-mile World Record at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday, Sevenoaks stat Tom Bosworth of Tonbridge AC will take part in the 20km race walk.

The 27-year-old British record holder is seeking to build on his superb 6th-placed finish in Rio in 2016 when he smashed his PB with a time of 1hour 20mins 13secs.

He finished 24th at the Beijing World Championships in 2015.

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