The paper exercise that confirmed Mark Lewis-Francis' position in the team for the world championships became rather more meaningful yesterday when the Birchfield Harrier was reunited with the relay squad that won an Olympic gold medal last year.
Lewis-Francis, who will run the 100 metres by virtue of finishing second in the trials in Manchester a fortnight ago, has also been included in the 4x100m team along with his team-mates from Athens - Jason Gardener, Marlon Devonish and Darren Campbell.
The latter's inclusion is most surprising after he failed to qualify for the AAAs 100m final at Sports City which caused him to pull out of the 200m and threw doubt over his participation in Helsinki next month.
But the 31-year-old, the star British performer at the last world championships in Paris when he won a bronze medal in the 100m and finished fourth in the 200m, is one of seven sprinters hoping to make the final quartet.
The Manchester- based sprinter is not a certainty to run in Finland after being dogged by injuries all season but British officials are desperate to involve Campbell in some capacity.
Lewis-Francis' preparations have also been interrupted by a hamstring problem, which he sustained at the trials as he closed on Gardener on the line, and which forced him out of the Grand Prix in Crystal Palace last Friday.
The 22-year-old will not compete before the championships start on August 6 but his coach, Steve Platt, believes his charge will be back up to full pace in time to fulfil his promise on a global stage.
"Mark is coming on nicely," Platt said. "Crystal Palace was not really an option but I am sure he will be all right for the worlds. He wouldn't do it otherwise."
Platt also commended the selectors for having the bravery to pick Campbell, a man whose championship pedigree far exceeds his routine work.
"It will be important to Mark that they are all back together. It's probably a good decision to have Darren there, whether as a competitor or just in the background, because of his experience.
"The team will go there desperate to try to repeat what they did at the Olympics, it's important to Mark that they do it."
Another of his relay partners, Marlon Devonish, has been granted his wish to double up in the sprint events, as well as being in the 4x100m squad.
The Coventry Godiva athlete, disqualified in the 100m final at the trials after a false start, had made a lot of his desire to run both distances and will be delighted by the opportunity it gives him to earn a tangible reward for his current level of fitness.
In previous years he has gone into major games with a variety of niggling injuries that have hampered his progress but on more than one occasion in recent weeks Devonish has described himself as being 'in the shape of his life'.
Another athlete who has been given the opportunity to compete in two events is Birchfield Harrier Kelly Sotherton, who will take part in the long jump as well as the heptathlon.
Sotherton won a bronze medal in Athens and will go head to head with her rival and Olympic champion Carolina Kluft and the resurgent Eunice Barber in Finland.
She is ranked in the top three in the world for her multi-event but is outside the top 20 for the long jump and will not expect to medal.
Tipton Harriers have had two athletes selected in the squad with Dan Robinson and Debbie Mason due to run the marathon.
For Mason, aged 37, it will be the biggest games of her career, and one she hopes to enjoy, saying: "I have done the World Half Marathon and the Commonwealth Games but this will be a big step up for me.
"I knew I was going quite a while ago but it hasn't really sunk in yet and probably won't until I get to Finland."
Mason also has concerns over her fitness and was forced to pull out of scheduled altitude training after damaging a hamstring in her last event - a half-marathon in Mansfield.
"I felt it pull inside the first mile but decided to carry on and ended up winning. But it meant I have had to continue training at home. I will be OK for the worlds and will hope to go there and run a personal best."
Team-mate Paula Radcliffe, already selected for the marathon, has also been chosen to run the 10,000m, a decision that offers Radcliffe the option of contesting both the track and road endurance events in Helsinki.
The Finnish Olympic stadium offers her the ideal chance of doubling up with the 10,000m taking place eight days before the marathon.
The 52-strong British team is a reduction on the numbers which have been sent to recent major events, reflecting the injury and illness problems affecting some key athletes this summer.
Kelly Holmes, the Olympic 800m and 1500m gold medallist, is the most notable absentee, her Achilles injury forcing her out of last Friday night's London Grand Prix.
Hayley Tullett, suffering from injury all this season and winner of a bronze medal at the last championships, is not included along with Chris Rawlinson, the Commonwealth 400m hurdles gold medallist who has lost his fight to regain full fitness.