Gareth Warburton will be the fifth Welshman in the Team GB athletics squad after being added to the selected team today.
The 800m runner, coached by Darrell Maynard, has been included in the 77-strong team, joining fellow runners Michael Rimmer and Andrew Osagie and giving Wales extra pride in our "Famous Five".
Ed Warner, Chairman of UKA was the chair of the Appeals panel, he said:
“We appreciate that this is a difficult time for athletes who were not selected to Team GB. Appeals are heard on a matter of process and facts and not opinion and the panel considered 11 appeals today of which only Gareth’s was successful.
“We ensure that the original selection committee has followed the selection criteria appropriately and have made their decisions based on full and correct facts. In the case of Gareth Warburton and in light of independent legal advice, the appeals panel decided that the combination of Warburton’s current A and current B standards made him selectable under the UKA selection policy and he has been added to the team.”
Gareth's addition to the team means the Welsh contingent in the squad swells to five, a massive improvement on the two athletes fielded in Beijing. Warburton joins Christian Malcolm, hurdling duo Dai Greene and Rhys Williams and thrower Brett Morse.
"I am absolutely delighted to have been selected to Team GB to represent my country at our home Olympic Games" said Warburton after receiving the news.
"This is an incredible opportunity for me and I intend to make the most of it. I am joining a fantastic team of athletes and we're all focused on doing Britain proud this summer."