JULY 14 - BRITAIN today named a team of 48 athletes for the Olympics in Beijing next month and still hope that world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe (pictured) will recover in time to compete.


Radcliffe has returned to her French base following an appointment to have a scan today in London.


The Bedford runner flew home to Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees after attending the British Olympic Medical Institute at Northwick Park, where she had a check to monitor her recovery from a stress fracture of the femur.


The aim of her latest test in a monitoring process which has been taking place on a regular basis since she picked up the injury, was to determine whether the high-intensity training she has been undergoing has adversely affected her recovery.


Radcliffe, who was selected for the marathon in May, has just 34 days until the start of the marathon to recover.


She said: "I'm going back to continue my training - but yes, it is going to be a race against time."


Dave Collins, the performance director of UK Athletics, said: "She is making progress and we are very happy to support her."


Uniquely the team announced today contained only one male 100 metres runner.


That was Simeon Williamson, who finished second in the Aviva Olympic Trials in Birmingham on Saturday in a new personal best of 10.03sec behind Dwain Chambers.


The selectors are awaiting the outcome of Chambers' appeal to the High Court on Thursday against the British Olympic Associaton (BOA) by-law that currently bans any athlete who has been convicted of a doping offence from competing in the Games.


That means Craig Pickering, Tyrone Edgar and Marlon Devonish, who all have designs on a place in the squad, must wait until after the verdict to see how many places are available.


Williamson, a 22-year-old from Highgate, said: "It means the world to me to be selected for Team GB and run for my country at the Olympic Games.


"I was delighted to run a huge personal best against such a high-quality field when it mattered most at the Olympic Trials on Saturday.


"Now I can't wait for Beijing."


Collins said that Pickering, a 21-year-old from Milton Keynes who finished third on Saturday in 10.19, was unlucky not to have been selected but stood a good chance when the final wave of selections is announced next Sunday.


He said: "Craig has made a very strong case for himself.


"He is 2-0 up against Tyrone [when they have raced each other] but then Tyrone is the faster.


"If you’ve got the opportunity to give people more time why not give it to them?"


The team's brightest hope for a gold medal is the triple jumper Phillips Idowu, whose leap of 17.58 metres at the Olympic Trials yesterday put him top of the world rankings.


The 29-year-old Londoner said: "I've been hoping and dreaming of Olympic gold all year and now I have been officially selected I'm one step closer to achieving it in Beijing."


Kelly Sotherton is another major hope for a medal in the heptathlon.


She said: "I'm happy to be officially named in Team GB for Beijing, more importantly it will be my second Olympic Games.


"I'm hoping to improve on my bronze medal in Athens, which was a surprise really in 2004."


The team will be under pressure to deliver its target of winning five medals and will be closely monitored as the BOA tries to achieve its target of finishing fourth in the medals table in London 2012.


Collins said: “I would like to congratulate all those athletes who have been selected to represent Team GB at these Olympic Games.


"It is a position that thousands aspire to, but only a talented and committed few achieve.


"I would now urge those athletes to seize this opportunity, think carefully about their individual goals and do everything within their power to meet them.


"There are few sporting challenges tougher than those that will meet this athletics team at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


"There will be fierce competition from the rest of the world and in a testing climate as well.


"However, it is not a challenge we will shy from.


"We have selected a strong team of athletes capable of achieving something truly significant at these Games and beyond.


"Our stretch target of five medals and 11 further fourth to eighth places remains an attainable goal.


"If we bring the same professional approach and zeal for competition that has been increasingly apparent at major championships in recent years, I see no reason why we cannot meet these targets.”




The athletes selected are:




Simeon Williamson (Highgate Harriers)


Marlon Devonish (Coventry Godiva); Christian Malcolm (Cardiff AAC); Alex Nelson (Sale Harriers Manchester); 


Martyn Rooney (Croydon Harriers); Andrew Steele (Trafford AC)*


Michael Rimmer (Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton Harriers)


Andy Baddeley (Harrow AC); Tom Lancashire (Bolton Harriers)


Mo Farah (Newham & Essex)


110m hurdles
Andrew Turner (Sale Harriers Manchester)


High Jump
Germaine Mason (unattached); Tom Parsons (Birchfield Harriers)


Pole Vault
Steve Lewis (Newham & Essex)


Long Jump
Greg Rutherford (Marshall Milton Keynes); Chris Tomlinson (Newham & Essex)


Triple Jump
Larry Achike (Shaftesbury Barnet); Nathan Douglas (Oxford City); Phillips Idowu (Belgrave Harriers); 


Daniel Awde (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies)


Harry Aikines-Aryeety (Belgrave Harriers); Tyrone Edgar (Newham & Essex); Craig Pickering (Marshall Milton Keynes); Williamson


Michael Bingham (unattached); Richard Buck (City of York)*; Rooney ; Steele*; Rob Tobin (Basingstoke & Mid Hants)




Jeanette Kwayke (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies)


Emily Freeman (Wakefield Harriers)


Lee McConnell (Shaftesbury Barnet); Christine Ohuruogu (Newham & Essex); Nicola Sanders (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow) 


Marilyn Okoro (Shaftesbury Barnet)


Lisa Dobriskey (Ashford AC)


Jo Pavey (Exeter Harriers)


Jo Pavey (Exeter Harriers); Kate Reed (Bristol & West)


3000m steeplechase
Helen Clitheroe (Preston Harriers); Barbara Parker (City of Norwich AC)


400m hurdles
Tasha Danvers (Shaftesbury Barnet)


Pole Vault
Kate Dennison (Sale Harriers Manchester)


Long Jump
Jade Johnson (Herne Hill)


Philippa Roles (Swansea Harriers)


Goldie Sayers (Belgrave Harriers)


Kelly Sotherton (Birchfield Harriers); Julie Hollman (Birchfield Harriers)


Emma Ania (Shaftesbury Barnet); Montell Douglas (Blackheath & Bromley); Kwayke; Anyika Onuora (Liverpool Harriers); Laura Turner (Harrow AC)


McConnell; Ohuruogu; Nicola Sanders


* Subject to confirmation of medical fitness by 10:00 on July 19