LONDON: Charlotte Purdue, Calli Hauger-Thackery and Phil Sesemann have been named by the British Olympic Association as the first three marathon athletes selected in the athletics team at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

After running inside the qualification standard [2:08:04] at the Seville marathon earlier this month, Sesemann has been selected for the men’s race, while Purdue and Hauger-Thackery have earned their place in the women’s race after both running a time of 2:22:17 at separate marathon at the end of 2023.

All three athletes are set to compete at their first Olympic Games having represented their country at global and continental Championships previously.

The athletes are among the first members of the Team GB athletics squad to be announced. As per selection policy, any athlete who has planned to compete in a marathon after 19 February 2024 will only be considered for selection in round 3 on April 22.

Team GB chef de mission Mark England said, “It is great to welcome Charlotte, Calli and Phil to Team GB for Paris 2024. All three athletes are making their Olympic debuts, and I am sure they will relish the opportunity to run the unique and historic route that has been set by the Organising Committee.”

Paula Dunn, Olympic head coach at UK Athletics, added: “All three athletes have produced excellent results to earn selection for the Olympic Games, so congratulations to the athletes, their coaches and support networks.

“The focus is now on supporting their preparations and continuing to engage with them to add the most value, so they are in the best position for their marathons this summer.”

Charlotte Purdue (Nic Bideau, Aldershot Farnham and District)
Calli Hauger-Thackery (Hallamshire)
Phil Sesemann (Andrew Henderson, Leeds City)