Martyn Rooney wins World Championship selection appeal

Rooney competing in the Mens 400m at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games 2015. Photo credit: Getty Images

Following a successful appeal, Martyn Rooney is set to compete in the individual 400 metres at the World Championships in Beijing this month.

Originally selected for the 400m relay squad, Rooney appealed to UK Athletics for inclusion in the individual event of the championships, taking place from 22nd to 30th August. Athletes omitted from the British squad can appeal the decision if the selection policy has not been followed or there is a factual error in the decision process.

Rooney's performance in the 400m at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting last week, in which he finished third and ran a season best of 45.41 seconds, may have helped his appeal.

"I don't think Stockholm hurt my chances," Rooney told BBC Radio Leicester. "Beating the people that I beat in Stockholm showed that I'm more than capable of racing against the best guys in the world and that's pretty much the criteria they wanted us to hit."

To qualify for selection, athletes must either be a reigning world or European champion, or finish in the top two at the British Championships and run inside the qualifying time twice.

European 10,000m silver medallist Andy Vernon lost his appeal and has been omitted from the championships.