ANDREW Davies will represent Great Britain at the forthcoming European Championships in Munich.

The veteran from Forden, near Welshpool, missed out on a place in the Welsh squad for this summer's Commonwealth Games but his performances have been enough to warrant a place among a strong Welsh contingent to earn calls for the Euros in Germany.

The championships begin on August 15 and long distance star Davies, known as the Android and the Forden Loco, will be bidding to break his marathon PB of 2:14:20 set in Seville earlier this year.

Olympic Head Coach, Christian Malcolm said, “After a very successful World Athletics Championships for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team where we finished as the top European country in the placings table, we are really pleased to be taking such a strong team to Munich and giving a number of athletes a key development opportunity on the major stage.

“Several world medallists and finalists have been selected, while many others have stepped up this summer and are earning their first GB & NI vest on the European stage.

"This is one of the largest squads we have ever taken to a European Championships, and we are really looking forward to taking on the best on the continent.”

Jeremiah Azu, who placed fifth for Wales at the Commonwealth Games 100m final, is among the other Welsh athletes selected for the GB squad.


He equalled his legal personal best of 10.15s in Birmingham and will be aiming to get closer to the 10 second barrier in Germany. He clocked 9.90 to win the British championship in Manchester but the time was wind assisted.

Other Welsh athletes competing at the championships include Melissa Courtney-Bryant in the 1500m, Heather Lewis in the 20km walk and Bethan Davies over the 35km distance and Joe Brier in the 400m.

Jake Heyward, who was also a Commonwealth Games finalist and an Olympic finalist last year, is selected in the 1500m.

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