Norwegian javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen, who threw a 2011 world-leading distance of 90.61m at his national championships on Sunday, is once again his county’s big hope for a gold medal at the forthcoming World Championships.
The 2011 IAAF World Championships will be in the South Korean city of Daegu from 27 August to 4 September.
The current Olympic, world and European champion has recovered completely from the groin strain suffered at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Shanghai in the middle of May, which side-lined him for five weeks, and is the favourite to retain the world title he won two years ago in Berlin. He is currently unbeaten in his six meetings since returning from injury in mid-June.
A squad of 13 Norwegian athletes will go to Daegu, including the 2009 World Championships 50km walk silver medallist Trond Nymark.
Sadly, Norway’s 100m hurdles record holder and the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships 60m bronze medallist Christina Vukicevic has decided not to go to Daegu as she has been suffering from thigh and back problems since running in the rain at the Bislett Games, the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Oslo, in early June.
The Norwegian team is: men – 100m & 200m: Ndure; 3000m steeplechase: Kristensen; marathon: Buta; hammer: Henriksen, javelin: Thorkildsen. 50km walk: Nymark; women – 100m: Okparaebo; 800m & 1500 m: Makestad; 400m hurdles: Tomb; high jump: Angelsen; pole vault: Larsasen; hammer: Holm; heptathlon: Marcussen.