RICHARD KILTY will challenge for his first major outdoor honour this summer after being confirmed as one of five North-Easterners in the England athletics squad for the Commonwealth Games.
Kilty, who will compete in both the 100m and 4x100m relay, will be joined by fellow Teessiders Chris Tomlinson and Jade Jones, Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman and Sunderland’s Alyson Dixon in the team that will compete in Glasgow.
The 24-year-old sprinter shot to prominence when he won the World Indoor 100m title in February, and will make his major outdoor competition debut in an individual event after being controversially snubbed for the 2012 Olympics.
He recently ran 10.14sec for the 100m at a meeting in the United States, and has targeted a sub-ten second performance as his major target for the outdoor season.
Adam Gemili and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey have also secured places in the individual 100m, with Dwain Chambers only making the squad for the relay.
Tomlinson will line up alongside Olympic champion Greg Rutherford in the long jump, with the pair having been involved in a war of words earlier this year after Rutherford claimed the British record that had previously been jointly held by Tomlinson.
Tomlinson claimed video evidence proved Rutherford’s jump, at a low-key meeting in the United States, was a foul, but the IAAF and British Athletics sided with the gold-medal winner from London 2012.
Paralympian Jones will compete in the T53/54 1,500m, while Weightman will also compete in the 1,500m having made the OIympic final of the same event in 2012.
Dixon, who is enjoying one of the best seasons of her career, is one of three English women selected in the marathon.