Child, Pozzi and Clarke book Olympic places but Talbot misses out
Bath can boast three more Olympic athletes after Eilidh Child, Andy Pozzi and Lawrence Clarke booked their London 2012 places at the Aviva 2012 Trials today.
However, a 'distraught' Danny Talbot is left sweating on a relay place at the Games after missing out on 200m qualification.
Child stumbled over the last hurdle, allowing Perri Shakes-Drayton to take 400m hurdles gold, but the Scot's powerful first 300m ensured a top-two finish was never in doubt and she grabbed the second qualification spot in 55.53secs.
"It was a bit bitter-sweet because obviously I'd have liked to have won the race and to have lost it on the last hurdle was gutting," said the 25-year-old, who left her job as a PE teacher in Perth to train full-time in Bath.
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"But obviously I'm going to the Olympics so I was really happy at the same time, so it was a bit of a funny feeling.
"I came here thinking 'top two, that's all, don't do anything silly, just run your own race' so while that last hurdle was a bit frustrating, I'm just happy to have booked my spot."
Child is going to the European Championships in Helsinki later this week, hoping to secure another Olympic place in the 4x400m relay squad.
"Hopefully I can run well out there and give the coaches an idea of what I can do," she said.
"I don't know if I'll make the main hurdles team, because obviously the 400m squad is pretty good, but hopefully I'll get selected as that would be a nice bonus after the hurdles."
Child was the third athlete trained by Malcolm Arnold to make Team GB, following Dai Greene and Jack Green's one-two in yesterday's men's 400m hurdles.
And they were joined in the squad by Pozzi and Clarke, who finished first and second in a high-quality 110m hurdles final.
Pozzi ran brilliantly over the last 60m to take gold in 13.41, chased home by Clarke in 13.45. Andy Turner had to settle for third and William Sharman, also trained by Arnold, was fourth in a season's best time of 13.55.
"I knew if I executed a good, clean race I had every chance of getting in the top two," said Pozzi, who ran 13.35 in the Olympic Stadium at the BUCS Championships in May.
"I tried not to get engulfed in the Olympics in the last few weeks, purely because the job had not been done, but the multiple A standards gave me the confidence I needed and now I'm going to London 2012."
Clarke added: "I'm so relieved. At the beginning of the season, I expected the time I've just ran to be my personal best.
"Having Andy Pozzi as my training partner has been the best thing for me all year. He ran 13.3 in his first race so I was, like, 'I'd better run that now'.
"I haven't peaked yet and I'm really looking forward to a month's time."
University of Bath student Talbot is still harbouring dreams of an Olympic sprint relay place but will not be running the 200m in London after finishing fourth behind James Ellington, Christian Malcolm and Chris Clarke.
The 21-year-old, coached by Dan Cossins, had a late start to his 2012 season due to injuries but said that was no excuse his below-par performance.
"I'm distraught - I came here to win and I didn't even get a medal," said Talbot, who won his heat in 20.66 but could only clock 20.71 in the final.
"I don't know what happened. It could be race rustiness, I haven't really run as much as the other guys this season and I've had a few injuries, but that's not an excuse.
"I've come here in good shape but it just didn't come together. I ran 10.24 in the 100m in Slovenia last week so I know I'm fast enough.
"I did well in the heat today as well and I should be able to replicate that in the final but I don't know, it didn't happen."
Talbot will be running the 200m and 4x100m relay at this week's European Championships and is hoping to convince the selectors he deserves a place in the squad for the latter event.
"I definitely want to be in the relay team," he said. "I've got to improve at the end of the day, that was just not good enough."