By CRAIG GAMBLE
SCOTTISH runner Callum Hawkins was yesterday announced as the first selection for the British Athletics team at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.
The 24-year-old from Elderslie, Renfrewshire will be representing Team GB in the marathon next year in what is the 16th edition of the Championships and the biggest sporting event to hit the capital since the 2012 Olympics.
This announcement caps what has been an incredible year for Hawkins, who runs domestically for his local athletics team Kilbarchan Harriers and is coached by his dad, Robert Hawkins.
After qualifying for the 2016 Olympics with a terrific run at his first ever marathon in Frankfurt, the young Scot was the first British athlete to finish the London Marathon.
In Rio, Hawkins was a standout performer for Team GB – finishing ninth in only his third ever marathon with a time of 2:11:52 and actually led the race at the halfway stage.
Then in October, the Elderslie man made history by becoming the first Scot to win the Great Scottish Run since 1983 – turning in the performance of his life and setting a Scottish half marathon record with a time of one hour and 22 seconds.
British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said: “We are delighted to confirm Callum’s selection for London.
“He has only competed over 26.2 miles three times, but we can already see the talent he has.”
The 2017 IAAF World Championships will take place in London from 5th-13th August 2017.