AGGRIEVED Andy Vernon expects his controversial World Championships selection omission to be overturned by British Athletics.
That’s after the European 10,000m silver medallist lodged an appeal against Tuesday’s 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, have failed to impress selectors.
Vernon, though, is adamant he should be on the plane – and that the selectors questioning his current form have no grounds for his exclusion.
He said: ‘When you appeal you can appeal on two grounds – error in fact, or if they haven’t followed the correct criteria.
‘I have based my grounds for appeal on both of those.
‘I went through the whole selection criteria and explained how I fitted every part of it and justified my selection in every single part.
‘I have got the qualifying standard but the reason for non-selection was based on current form.
‘I explained everything that has happened and the reason for my dip in form but I’m now back to exactly where I was.
‘I hope the appeal is successful, gets overturned and I can go.’
A decision on Vernon’s appeal is expected imminently.