Jonny Mellor Misses Out on Commonwealth Games Place

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.

“I never take anything for granted – but I did expect to be on the team, to be honest. So when I found out it was a little bit of a shock,” Mellor told BBC Sport.

Mellor was told he had not been selected for the Gold Coast event in a phone call from England Athletics earlier this month.

The 30-year-old submitted an appeal but England Athletics lawyers contacted him on 6 October and said that it had been unsuccessful.

“They basically explained that just running the qualifying time does not justify your selection and they didn’t really go into any details about any points I’d raised in my appeal,” Mellor said.

“It just felt like a copy and pasted email.

“We dedicate our lives to it and work so hard for it and to get it taken away from you like this is really, really upsetting.”

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