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Athletics: Britton gets her team wish

Published 06/02/2013 | 04:00

FIONNUALA Britton's strong desire to have a team supporting her at the World Cross-Country Championships in Poland next month has been answered, writes Cliona Foley.

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Athletics Ireland (AAI) have confirmed that they will definitely be sending a women's team to Bydgoszcz, even though it was not originally part of their high performance plan for 2013.

They have pre-selected Ireland's top four finishers at Europeans – Britton, Linda Byrne, Ava Hutchinson and Lizzie Lee – to be part of it, and will add two more, based on form, before the March 11 deadline.

North Sligo's Mary Cullen is already a front-runner to join them and her successful recent return to competition after an 18-month absence through injury has been pivotal in persuading AAI that sending a team is worthwhile.

AAI high performance manager Kevin Ankrom described Cullen's successful return to racing as "a game-changer" yesterday and if her form holds she should prove a particularly useful addition.

Athletics Ireland had come in for some criticism for not automatically sending a team with the status of reigning European champions.

Irish Independent

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