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Clevedon's Reed gets Olympic call

Kate Reed
Kate Reed ran a personal best time in qualifying (Getty)

Clevedon's 10,000m runner Kate Reed has been included in the Great Britain squad for the Olympic Games.

The Bristol and West Athletic Club member made the qualifying time with a personal best time in May.

"She's got a tremendous work ethic," club chairman Mike Down told BBC Radio Bristol. "She really lives up to the ethic of the long distance runner."

"She's going to be the first Bristol athlete at an Olympics since Vernon Samuels 20 years ago."

The 25-year-old was originally omitted from the squad due to an administrative error by UK Athletics, but it was soon corrected.

She has been picked to run the 10,000m along with Jo Pavey, a life member of the Bristol Athletic Club, who is also listed to run the 5,000m.

Reed's selection represents a big reward for months of hard work abroad.

Down added: "She's had a lot of injury problems during the summer and has been on altitude training trips to South Africa and Mexico."

Kate Reed
Reed is in the team despite an oversight that saw her omitted (Getty)
"She knows being a world class distance runner requires immense sacrifices of time and savings."

It will be Reed's first major global track and field championships. And Down admits conditions will be difficult for all the British athletes.

"The problem they will have is the heat, humidity and pollution," he said. "They are going to a holding camp to acclimatize.

"I think there will be some unusual results in the long distance events. But she's always run quite well in the heat."

see also
Team GB for Beijing
29 Nov 07 |  Team GB
Athletics on the BBC
05 Nov 07 |  Athletics
Tickner out of Great Britain team
07 Feb 07 |  Athletics

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