UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins has set the Norwich Union GB team a target of winning six medals at the European Indoor Championships next month in Birmingham.
There were no shocks in the first wave of selections, with Jason Gardener as expected being chosen to defend his 60 metres title despite his poor showing when seventh in last Sunday’s trials in Sheffield.
"I’ve looked at the last couple of them and our figure has been in that region," said Collins, ahead the meeting at the National Indoor Arena from March 2-4.
He is looking forward to Gardener again spearheading the host nation’s challenge if the Bath runner can shake off a flu bug.
"A combination of his past record and a talent that has seen him highly successful at championship level says it all," said Collins of the selectors’ unanimous decision to pick Gardener.
"Let’s also remember he’s got a couple of very fast times this year," he said of the man ranked third over the distance behind training partner Craig Pickering and Ronald Pognon, the European record-holder from France.
Collins expects the men and women’s sides to match the number of medals they claimed two years ago in Madrid but talked down the chances of Pickering, saying 20-year-old must not be saddled with the burden of being favourite.
Collins said: "We’ve seen what’s happened in the past," a reference clearly aimed at Birchfield's Mark Lewis-Francis, who has failed to match expectations after winning the 2000 world junior 100m gold medal.
Lewis-Francis was runner-up two years ago behind Gardener in Madrid, but had his silver medal taken away after small traces of cannabis were discovered in his blood sample.
TEAMS SO FAR:
Mens 60m: Jason Gardener (Wessex & Bath AC); Craig Pickering (Marshall Milton Keynes); Ryan Scott (Yate); reserve: Simeon Williamson (Highgate Harriers). 1500m: James Thie (Cardiff AAC). 3000m: Mo Farah (Newham & Essex); Scott Overall (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow). 60m hurdles: Andrew Turner (Sale Harriers). High jump: Martyn Bernard (Unattached). Pole vault: Steve Lewis (Newham & Essex). Triple jump: Nathan Douglas (Oxford City); Phillips Idowu (Belgrave Harriers).
Womens 60m: Jeanette Kwakye (Woodford Green & Essex Ladies). 400m: Nicola Sanders (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow). 800m: Karen Harewood (Corby AC); Jenny Meadows (Wigan & District); Marilyn Okoro (Shaftesbury Barnet). 1500m: Helen Clitheroe (Preston); Katrina Wootton (Bedford). 3000m: Lisa Dobriskey (Ashford AC); Jo Pavey (Exeter). 60m hurdles: Sara McGreavy (Sale Harriers). Pole vault: Kate Dennison (Sale Harriers).