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Jonny Mellor and the Commonwealth Games

Jonny Mellor is a New Balance sponsored athlete based in the North West.He has represented his club , Liverpool Harriers with distinction for some years.He is an elite middle Distance runner who has just moved up to the Marathon.In September in Berlin he was over a minute inside the Qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games which will take place in Australia in April.
Last week the team was published but he was not selected.The reason he was given was that he is not thought to be a podium challenger.However other athletes have pointed out that in the last four Commonwealth Games his Berlin time would have given him a medal.
Christopher Thompson‏Verified account @Thommo10k Oct 24

to medal at commies: 2014'2h12, 10'2h15, 06'2h14, 02'2h13, 98'2h19. yet @jonnymellor9 2h12 P.B not good enough!? @TeamEngland please explain
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The BBC reported in full but the first paragraph is reproduced here (BBC Sport website- see full story here
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/41747851
English marathon runner Jonny Mellor has called the decision not to pick him for the 2018 Commonwealth Games "very short sighted" after he ran 63 seconds inside the qualifying standard.

England Athletics announced their 75-person team on Tuesday, but did not select a male marathon runner.

The body told Mellor he was not considered to be a medal contender.

His time of two hours 12 minutes 57 seconds in Berlin would have won Commonwealth gold in 1998 and 2010.
What are Team England thinking when there are other athletes who are going who are similarly uncertain to be a podium place.There is an initiative to support marathon running?
Only in September England Athletics announced an initiative designed to get five Englishmen below 2'14'' by 2022 (what about the women ?)So given how they treat an Englishmen who has gone well below that how are they going to succeed? Jonny Mellor could have been a flagship athlete for them;someone who has already done it- the trailblazer.
Dave Norman, the oracle on distance running posted on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/normandave?ref=br_rs
There is a petition on change.org
https://www.change.org/p/get-jonny-mellor-to-the-gold-coast-2018?recruiter=61168301&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_for_starters_page&utm_content=ex16%3Av4
Meanwhile there are theories springing up about why this puzzling decision has been made leaving England Athletics with egg on their face.

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