Lemoncello chosen for World Championships

Edinburgh Bupa Great winter run and cross country race at Holyrood park.'Men's Bupa Great Edinburgh International XC 8.9KM 'Britans Andrew Lemoncello (13)

Edinburgh Bupa Great winter run and cross country race at Holyrood park.'Men's Bupa Great Edinburgh International XC 8.9KM 'Britans Andrew Lemoncello (13)

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CERES athlete Andrew Lemoncello has been named in the Great Britain team to take part in the World Championships which get under way in South Korea later this month.

The Fife AC runner will compete in the marathon in Daegu, having been named in the 67-strong squad to represent GB and Ireland announced by UK Athletics.

Lemoncello (28) has a personal best time for the marathon of two hours 13 minutes 40 seconds.

He competed in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing before moving up to the longer distance.

He is joined in the GB team for Daegu by Eilidh Child from Kinross, a member of Pitreavie AC, who will compete in the 400 metre hurdles.

IMPROVEMENT

UKA head coach Charles van Commenee said: “This team has been selected to give us the best possible results at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu.

“I am looking to see an improvement from two years ago in Berlin, where we recorded six medals and 20 top eight finishes.

“It is important to remember there is work to do before London 2012 and Daegu is another stop on the journey to make our athletes run faster, jump higher and throw further.

“The aim in Daegu is to get more athletes within touching distance of the podium and these World Championships are ideal preparation for what the athletes will encounter next summer and beyond.”

The team will prepare for the World Championships at a training camp in Ulsan, South Korea, in the week leading up to the competition, which takes place from August 27 - September 4.