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Wright wins appeal to walk in Moscow

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BRITISH race walker Alex Wright, from Norbury, has won his appeal to be selected for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Wright was initially not named in the selection and appealed through the formal appeals process.

And while the appeal concluded Wright was not selectable under the policy guidelines, the fact he had secured the 20k walk A standard in Switzerland with a time of 1:23.05 in March meant it was referred back to the performance director to reconsider.

Wright had also won the 5km event at the Sainsbury's British Championship in Birmingham recently, setting a UK 5000m walk record, but it was not classed as an official part of the trials, but after consideration, he has been a named in a squad of 61.

A statement from UKA said: "Upon reconsideration, it was concluded that if the Sainsbury's British Championships 5km walk in which he set a new British record had been classed as a trial race, then his subsequent victory as well as possession of the A standard would have led to automatic selection in round one of the selection process."

Wright said: "I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected to the GB & NI team for Moscow, and would like to thank Neil Black for reconsidering the decision."

Wright  wins appeal to walk in Moscow


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