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4 Welsh Athletes Selected for 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest

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28/07/2023 00:00, In Blog / Club Notice Board / Track & Field /

Four Welsh athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary between the 19th - 27th of August.

Melissa Courntey-Bryant (coach: Rob Denmark, club: Poole AC), Jeremiah Azu (coach: Marco Airale, club: Cardiff Athletics) and Joseph Brier (coach: Matt Elias, club: Swansea Harriers) will join Natasha Cockram (coach: Robert Hawkins, club: Micky Morris Racing Team) in Budapest this August. Cockram was the first athlete to be named in the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the Championships back in March.

The team has been selected to fulfil the aim of the policy for these championships; to optimise medal success and the number of top eight placings. The full team will be finalised once UK Athletics has received World Rankings invitations from World Athletics next week. Subject to invites being received, those athletes who have met the UKA qualification standard and demonstrated current form will be selected.

Stephen Maguire, Technical Director at UK Athletics shared:

I am pleased to confirm those athletes selected for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest next month. They have demonstrated the form and ability to compete successfully on the global stage and we are looking forward to working with them as we commence preparation camp in a couple of weeks.


There are athletes who may not have made the team this year who I know will be challenging next year where we have both a European Championships and Olympic Games less than six weeks apart.

Welsh Athletes Selected for 2023 World Athletics Championships

Athlete Club Coach Event
Natasha Cockram Micky Morris Racing Team Robert Hawkins Marathon
Melissa Courtney-Bryant Poole AC Rob Denmark 1500m
Jeremiah Azu Cardiff Athletics Marco Airale 4x100m relay
Joseph Brier Swansea Harriers Matt Elias 4x400m relay

Read the full Great Britain and Northern Ireland team selection here.