Vernon’s World Championships appeal unsuccessful

Great Britain's Andy Vernon, left, and Mo Farah celebrate silver and gold in the men's 10,000m at the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich

Great Britain's Andy Vernon, left, and Mo Farah celebrate silver and gold in the men's 10,000m at the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich

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Andy Vernon has lost his appeal against his controversial World Championships selection omission.

The European 10,000m silver medallist lodged an appeal against British Athletics’ shock announcement to leave him out of the 62-man squad for next month’s trip to Beijing.

The News 2014 Sports Awards Sportsman of the year was a surprise absentee from the Team GB list, after meeting the qualifying standard for the 10,000m with an impressive 27min 43sec showing in Palo Alto, California, in May.

But inconsistent performances on the track since, following the former Stubbington Green Runners ace’s mixed return to action from a high-hamstring tendon injury, failed to impress selectors.

Vernon took to Twitter to break the disappointing news to his followers.

Under the username @AndyVernonGB, he said: ‘So my appeal was unsuccessful. Thanks for everyones support on this, it’s really appreciated. I’ll be racing in Belgium tomorrow night.’

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