Kerr and Johnson-Thompson lead British athletics team for Olympics

Olympic 1500m bronze medalist Josh Kerr won his first global title at last year’s World Championships [Getty Images]

World champions Josh Kerr and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will lead the British athletics team's Olympic hopes after being confirmed for the Paris 2024 squad.

As gold medalists at the 2023 World Championships, heptathlete Johnson-Thompson and 1500m runner Kerr were among the athletes who faced less pressure to perform at last week's British Athletics Championships, which also served as Olympic qualifying events.

Joining them on the team are Keely Hodgkinson, who is aiming for gold after three consecutive silver medals at the 800m World Championships, World 400m silver medallist Matthew Hudson-Smith and indoor world pole vault champion Molly Caudery.

Rising star Louie Hinchliffe, the British men's 100m champion who is coached by American legend Carl Lewis, was chosen among the sprinters along with World Championship bronze medallist Zharnel Hughes, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita.

Former 1500m world champion Jake Wightman is taking part in the trials for the 800m despite his injury break, and 10,000m runner Eilish McColgan has also made the team after a tough battle to prove her fitness.

Several promising young athletes will compete at the Olympic Games for the first time, including 17-year-old Phoebe Gill after her sensational 800m victory in Manchester and British 400m champions Charlie Dobson and Amber Anning.

However, discus thrower Jade Lally and shot putter Amelia Campbell are among those who criticised UK Athletics' selection policy after they were not nominated.

The eleven-day athletics program of the Paris Olympic Games begins on August 1.

GB squad with medal potential for Paris

Kerr, a bronze medallist in Tokyo, will face Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen again in a highly anticipated showdown in Paris.

Johnson-Thompson will be looking to dethrone two-time Olympic heptathlon champion Nafi Thiam, who is buoyed by winning her second world title last summer.

The impressive 22-year-old Hodgkinson will be hoping to win her first world title in the absence of reigning champion Athing Mu, who fell at the US qualifiers, while Hudson-Smith made his gold medal ambitions clear after narrowly missing out on qualification in Budapest.

Caudery is the best pole vaulter in the world this year and the 24-year-old will be looking to maintain her remarkable recent progress by winning the sport's most prestigious prize at her first attempt.

Hinchliffe is one of many new names looking to shine.

He could take a leaf out of the book of Ben Pattison, the 800m World Championship bronze medallist who reached the podium on his World Championship debut and is also on the Paris team.

Gill, Dobson and Anning were in excellent form in 2024.

Hughes, who made her breakthrough with an individual world championship medal last year, will compete in both the 100m and 200m after recovering from a thigh injury, as will European women's 100m champion Asher-Smith and 200m silver medallist Neita.

Laura Muir is aiming for another Olympic podium finish after taking silver in the 1500m behind two-time champion Faith Kipyegon three years ago to win one of Britain's five athletics medals, while pole vaulter and bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw is contesting her fourth Games.