Two medals for Britain forecast by respected athletic journalist Doug Gillon
Rankings suggest only two GB medals
IF World Championship medals were awarded on the basis of this yearís current ranking lists, Britain would win only two: gold from the heptathlete Jessica Ennis and bronze in the menís 4 x 400 metres.
The Herald has analysed the effective world lists Ė rankings of those who will actually be present in Berlin where the event opens a week on Saturday. For example, 26 athletes have run faster than British 100m No.1 Simeon Williamson this year, but of these, only 14 will compete in Germany. A nation can enter three per event, or four if a defending world champion is included, as is the case with Tyson Gay in the 100 and 200m.
The 48 British entries for individual events include only two women and three men who are ranked in the world top 10 this year Ė hinting at the doomsday scenario of just five individual finalists.
Is he being overly optimistic?