By Danny Caro
August 14, 2008
Spare a thought for Jo Ankier. Last month she was devastated to miss out on the Team GB Olympic squad. The selectors chose Hattie Dean ahead of her as the third member of the 3,000 metres steeplechase.
Ankier, 26, finished third at the national Olympic trials which Dean failed to attend, nursing a fractured tibia.
As revealed, the Barnet Shaftesbury Harrier told me that "there was no way Dean would be fit in time". How right she was.
Dean admitted yesterday, "I feel like I am fit, but the ankle is unable to handle running quite yet." She has been doing lots of aqua jogging so should perhaps consider a late change of discipline and go in for the synchronized swimming.
The British selectors have a lot to answer for.