Brett Morse secures UK selection standard for World Championships

Brett Morse

Discus thrower Brett Morse has taken a significant step towards selection for the IAAF World Championships.

Morse threw beyond UK Athletics' 'A' standard of 66m by breaking his own national record at the Welsh Championships at the weekend.

The 24-year-old's throw of 66.84m is the eighth longest throw in the world this year.

Victory at the UK Trials in Birmingham (12-14 July) will guarantee his selection for the World Championships.

Even if he fails to win the British title, Morse could still be selected for the team to compete at Moscow in August on the basis of his 'A' standard throw.

"It's not a surprise to me because I've felt a big throw has been coming but hopefully I have booked my ticket to Moscow now," Morse told the Western Mail.

"Throwing a new Welsh record at my home Championships as well, I couldn't have asked for any more."

Morse had already achieved Wales' Commonwealth Games qualifying standard of 60m with his throw of 64.97m at the British Athletics League Premier Division match in Lee Valley, London, in May.

The Birchfield Harrier has made an impressive start to the season, citing the disappointment of a poor performance at London 2012 as a major motivating factor.

He was knocked out in the qualifying rounds at the Olympics and managed only one legal throw.